Antarctic Petrels

Antarctic Petrel, Thalassoica antarctica
Petrels

The Antarctic Petrel (Thalassoica antarctica) is a petrel, found in Antarctica, as implied by its name.


Description

The adult Antarctic Petrel's plumage is a dark brown and white. The head, sides, throat and back are brown. The bill is black and the feet are yellow. The plumage below is white and the tail and secondaries (shorter, upper "arm" feathers) on their wings are white with brown tips.


Range and habitat

The Antarctic lives and breeds in the southern oceans, and on the Antarctic islands and are most common in the Ross and Weddell seas.


Diet / Feeding

Their diet consists of Antarctic krill, fish, and small squid mostly taken while swimming, but they can also dive well from the surface and the air.

Antarctic Petrel, Thalassoica antarctica

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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