Kerguelen Petrel Aphrodroma brevirostris


A locally common petrel of the southern oceans, the Kerguelen Petrel is a uniformly dark, medium-sized petrel. The Kerguelen Petrel is a pelagic species, coming to land only to breed, forming loose colonies on isolated islands where it burrows into the ground to nest and lays only one egg. Mainly a nocturnal forager, the Kerguelen Petrel feeds on squid, krill and fish from shallow surface diving or dipping into the water. Recent genetic and molecular work has recently partitioned the Kerguelen Petrel out of the genus Pterodroma and into its current, monotypic genus Aphrodroma.

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Recommended Citation

Kerguelen Petrel (Aphrodroma brevirostris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: