French: Chionis blanc German: Weißgesicht-Scheidenschnabel Spanish: Picovaina de las Malvinas
Other common names:
J. F. Gmelin
New Zealand; error = Falkland Islands
Breeds on Antarctic Peninsula, and along Scotia Arc on South Shetland Is, Elephant I, South Orkney Is and South Georgia; probably also South Sandwich Is (breeding not confirmed). Non-breeding migrant in Falkland Is, Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia, some birds wandering farther N.
34–41 cm; 460–810 g; wingspan 75–80 cm. Plump, hen-like bird with all-white plumage. No obvious seasonal variations in plumage or soft parts; pinkish facial... read more
Generally silent, but occasionally utters short, throaty-sounding and crow-like, harsh notes.
Coastal, frequently occurring on islands. Typically found in seabird colonies, especially of... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous. Krill, fish, squid and other marine prey stolen from penguins and, more occasionally, cormorants; also takes eggs and small... read more
Arrives at breeding sites Oct–Nov, lays Dec–Jan, chicks hatching Jan–Feb and fledging Mar. Monogamous, with high fidelity... read more
Most birds leave breeding sites between late Apr to Jun, a few leaving later, in Jul, and some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population numbers c. 10,000 pairs widely distributed through breeding range: Antarctic Peninsula has 17+ sites, with 200 pairs... read more
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