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Pachyptila belcheri

(Slender-billed Prion)

Common Names

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Common Names in Afrikaans:

Dunbekwalvisvoël

Common Names in Dutch:

Dunbekprion

Common Names in English:

Slender-billed Prion, Slenderbilled Prion, Thin-billed Prion

Common Names in French:

Prion de Belcher

Common Names in German:

Dünnschnabel-Sturmvogel

Common Names in Japanese:

ハシボソクジラドリ

Description

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Physical Description

Adult : Face : Eyebrow Line : white Eyeline: dark line below and behind eye extending almost to neck Bill: blue-gray Body: Underparts: white Upperparts: blue-gray with dark w-shaped marking across back and wings Legs : Foot Color: pale blue Tail: gray with black tip Shape : wedge-shaped.

Habitat

Vegetation: freshwater marshes, pelagic waters • Foraging Strata: Water • Center of Abundance: Lower subtropical: lowlands, lower than 500 m.; subtropics. • Sensitivity to Disturbance: High

Typically found in water with a depth of 0 to -5,716 meters (0 to -18,753 feet).[1]

Biome: Marine .

Ecology: This marine species can usually be found over pelagic waters but will feed inshore or in shallow offshore waters during the breeding season . It feeds mostly on crustaceans with a heavy dependance on amphipods (particularly Themisto gaudichaudii). It can also take small fish and squid. It catches prey mainly by surface-seizing, dipping and pattering at night. Breeding starts in October in loose colonies in costal areas with soft or stony soil and low vegetation. It nests in burrows1.

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List of Habitats :

Taxonomy

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Synonyms

Pachyptila belcheri (Mathews, 1912)

Notes

Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 13-Jun-2007

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Pachyptila

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 11 species and subspecies in this genus:

(Slender-Billed Prion) · (Fulmar Prion) · (Thick-Billed Prion) · (Antarctic Prion) · (Antarctic Prion) · P. forsteri (Broad-Billed Prion) · (Salvin's Prion) · (Medium-Billed Prion) · (Fairy Prion) · P. turtur turtur (Fairy Prion) · (Broad-Billed Prion)

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Further Reading

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Notes

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Contributors

Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 09, 2008:

Identifiers

Footnotes

  1. Mean = -3,382.680 meters (-11,098.032 feet), Standard Deviation = 1,261.020 based on 1,208 observations. Ocean depth information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  2. BirdLife International 2009. Pachyptila belcheri. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 03 February 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2013-10-29