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Pachyptila salvini

(Salvin's Prion)

Common Names

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Common Names in Afrikaans:


Common Names in Croatian:

Salvinov prion

Common Names in Dutch:

Salvins prion

Common Names in English:

Salvin's Prion, Medium billed Prion, Medium-billed Prion, Salvin s Prion

Common Names in Finnish:


Common Names in French:

Prion de Salvin

Common Names in German:

Kleiner Entensturmvogel

Common Names in Swedish:

Salvins valfågel


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Physical Description

Adult : Bill: blue Shape : broad Body: Shape: graceful.


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

Ecology: This marine species normally occurs offshore, and can be found in areas of upwelling outside the breeding season . Its diet is comprised mostly of crustaceans, especially krill, but also fish and squid, all of which it catches either by hydroplaning, surface-seizing or filtering. Breeding starts in October in huge colonies up to and above one million individuals strong . It nests in burrows, usually on islands, inland on highland plateaux or on slopes with grass or shrubs . It can also be found in caves or crevices1.


List of Habitats :


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Pachyptila salvini (Mathews, 1912)


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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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 09, 2008:



  1. Mean = 392.480 meters (1,287.664 feet), Standard Deviation = 1,195.270 based on 1,659 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  2. BirdLife International 2009. Pachyptila salvini. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 February 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30