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Northern Giant-Petrel

(Macronectes halli)
Alternate name(s): "Hall's Giant-Petrel", "Giant Fulmar*", "Mother Carey's Goose*", "Nelly*", "Stinker*"
Size: 80-95 cm; wing span 1.5-2.1 m
Weight: ca. 3.5-5 kg (male); ca. 2.5-4 kg (female)

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Northern Giant-Petrel at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Lateral view of a Northern Giant-Petrel on the ground (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

Near-lateral view of a Northern Giant-Petrel in flight (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean, December 1993]

Food, Diet

Next to fresh kills, Northern Giant Petrels also feed on carrion.

Northern Giant-Petrel feeding on an Elephant seal carcass (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean, December 1993]

Northern Giant-Petrel, centre, and three Brown Skuas feeding on a seal carcass (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean, December 1993]

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