South Georgia Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides georgicus


The South Georgia Diving-Petrel is a species with a distribution widely scattered around offshore islands of the Southern Ocean.  It is found both in inshore and offshore marine waters, where it pursues plankton and small fish both at the surface and underwater.  When encountered at sea, like other diving-petrels, the species is often seen bobbing on the ocean's surface or in flight low over the water, and can dive either from the surface or from flight.  The South Georgia Diving-Petrel has a very large population worldwide that is estimated at over 15 million individuals, though like many imperiled seabirds, this species is thought to be declining due to invasive species and human disturbance at breeding colonies.

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Recommended Citation

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