Antarctic Prion Pachyptila desolata

  • Order: Procellariiformes
  • Family: Procellariidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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The Dove Prion is one of the largest prions and also the most cosmopolitan. It is found in a wide range of southern ocean latitudes from the Tropic of Capricorn south, almost to Antarctica, though like all prions it is absent from the southwestern Pacific. Being one of the largest prions the Dove Prion uses a distinctive feeding style called ‘hydroplaning’ whereby is alights on the surface of the ocean and uses its feet to propel itself rapidly forward with its head partially or completely submerged. This feeding strategy utilizes its broad, lamellate bill to filter crustaceans such as krill. As with other prions, the Dove Prion has highly expandable skin on the lower mandible which can be distended to form a gular pouch, an additional adaptation for filter feeding.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: