Common Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides urinatrix

  • Order: Procellariiformes
  • Family: Procellariidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
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Common Diving-Petrel is a small, tubenosed seabird that can be found foraging in inshore marine waters near breeding colonies.  The species appears to be visually similar to some boreal auks with a stubby body plan, black dorsal plumage and white underparts, though the superficial similarities of diving-petrels and the auks are not reflected through taxonomic affiliations. Foraging is done both at the surface of the water as well as underwater, where wing-propelled diving takes this bird in pursuit of planktonic crustaceans.  The Common Diving-Petrel is distributed in a number of widely scattered but discrete patches throughout the Southern Ocean with breeding sites at South Georgia, the Falklands, the Tristan da Cunha group, the Antipodes, New Zealand, and Tasmania, and has a huge population estimated at more than 16 million individuals.

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Recommended Citation

Common Diving-Petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: