Fairy Prion Pachyptila turtur


The Fairy Prion can be found in the southern oceans from Falkland Island and South Georgia east to the Southern Indian Ocean and New Zealand. The Fairy Prion has plumage typical of other prions, with gray upperparts and a black band stretching from the leading edge of its primaries diagonally across its wings.  Unlike other prion species, the Fairy Prion does not have a black line through the eye. These birds are highly colonial and nest on oceanic islands in burrows in cliffs, rock falls and sparse grassland. After the breeding season Fairy Prions leave the vicinity of the nesting colony and often move north into subtropical waters. The diet of the Fairy Prion includes a variety of crustaceans, copepods and amphipods which it catches by surface-seizing and dipping, and occasionally surface-plunging and pattering.

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Recommended Citation

Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/faipri1