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Antarctic Prion

(Pachyptila desolata)
Alternate name(s): "Dove Prion", "Snowbird", "Whale-bird*", "totorore" (NZ)
Size: 25-30 cm; wing span 62-65 cm
Weight: 120-175 g


Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Antarctic Prion at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sex unknown

Lateral view of an Antarctic Prion, showing a bold dark mark behind the obvious supercilium (more distinct than a Fairy Prion's) and clean white flanks (photo courtesy of M. Roderick)
[Off Port Stephens, NSW, June 2013]

Lateral view of an Antarctic Prion, front right, showing its upperwing pattern, with a Fairy Prion, back left; note the difference in the "M" pattern - the Fairy Prion's is darker and more distinct, while the Antarctic Prions' is less distinct; also discernible is the reduced amount of black in the tail band - note also the larger bill on the Antarctic Prion, as well as the bold white supercilium (photo courtesy of M. Roderick)
[Off Port Stephens, NSW, June 2013]

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