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Pachyptila desolata

(Antarctic Prion)


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Common Names

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Common Names in Afrikaans:

Antarktiese Walvisvoël

Common Names in Catalan, Valencian:

Prió antàrtic

Common Names in Croatian:

Antarktički prion

Common Names in Dutch:

Antarctische prion

Common Names in English:

Antarctic Prion, Dove Prion

Common Names in Finnish:


Common Names in French:

Prion de la D?solation, Prion de la Désolation

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Common Names in Swedish:

Antarktisk valfågel

Common Names in Ukrainian:

Антарктичний пріон


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Physical Description

Adult : Face : Eyebrow Line : white Eye Stripe: black patch Bill: blue-gray Neck: Collar : blue-gray half-collar Body: Back: blackish w-shaped marking extending out to wings Underparts: white Upperparts: blue-gray Legs : Foot Color: blue Wings : Greater Coverts: blackish Undersides: white Tail: gray with black tip Shape : wedge-shaped.


Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 3,286 meters (0 to 10,781 feet).[1]

Ecology: This species breeds on slopes under grass tussocks , in rock crevices or scree, or on cliffs . Its prey is mostly crustaceans (especially krill, copepods and amphipods ), but also small quantities of fish and squid1.


List of Habitats :


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Pachyptila desolata (Gmelin 1789) • Pachyptila desolata (J. F. Gmelin, 1789)


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 13-Jun-2007

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Pachyptila

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 13 species and subspecies in this genus:

P. belcheri (Slender-Billed Prion) · P. crassirostris (Fulmar Prion) · P. crassirostris crassirostris (Thick-Billed Prion) · P. crassirostris pyramidalis (Chatham Fulmar Prion) · P. desolata (Antarctic Prion) · P. desolata banksi (Antarctic Prion) · P. desolata desolata (Antarctic (Kerguelen) Prion) · P. forsteri (Broad-Billed Prion) · P. salvini (Salvin's Prion) · P. salvini salvini (Medium-Billed Prion) · P. turtur (Fairy Prion) · P. turtur turtur (Fairy Prion) · P. vittata (Broad-Billed Prion)

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 10, 2008:



  1. Mean = 393.110 meters (1,289.731 feet), Standard Deviation = 1,198.390 based on 1,649 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  2. BirdLife International 2009. Pachyptila desolata. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 February 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30