French: Pétrel des neiges German: Schneesturmvogel Spanish: Petrel níveo
latitude 52° S, longitude 20° E
Subspecies and Distribution
P. n. nivea
(G. Forster, 1777) – Lesser Snow Petrel – Antarctic Southern Ocean, breeding in Antarctica, Scotia Arc and South Georgia.
P. n. major
Schlegel, 1863 – Greater Snow Petrel – Antarctica and adjacent islands; South Sandwich Is.
30–40 cm; 202–570 g; wingspan 75–95 cm. Unmistakable; all-white, short-billed petrel, with wedge-shaped tail when fanned. Adult has entirely white plumage (... read more
At sea, although usually silent (like many petrels), foraging flocks have been reported to give... read more
Marine; closely linked with pack ice, occurring mainly in areas with 10–50% ice cover; does... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly krill (Euphausia), fish, squid and carrion, e.g. whale blubber, seal carcasses and placentae, dead seabirds, excreta.... read more
Starts late Oct/early Nov in most areas, typically males returning first to colonies (exceptionally even in Aug), with copulation occurring... read more
Little known; relatively sedentary in places, most birds staying within vicinity of colony year-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Apparently abundant, with no evidence for long-term overall trends, only marked inter-annual variation at colonies, though there was... read more
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