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Pachyptila turtur

(Fairy Prion)


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Common Names

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Common Names in Afrikaans:


Common Names in Croatian:

Bajkoviti prion

Common Names in Dutch:


Common Names in English:

Fairy Prion, Titi Wainui

Common Names in Finnish:


Common Names in French:

Prion colombe

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Common Names in Hungarian:

Gerlecsőrű cethojsza

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Common Names in Russian:

Снеговая китовая птичка

Common Names in Swedish:

Ljushövdad valfågel


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Physical Description

Adult : Bill: blue Length : fairly short Shape : broad at base Body: Back: dark w-shaped marking extending out to wings Underparts: white Upperparts: pale blue-gray Legs : Foot Color: blue Tail: white with black tip Shape: wedge-shaped.


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 -5,226 meters (0 to -17,146 feet).[1]

Biome: Marine .

Ecology: This marine species apparently occurs mainly offshore, but may move inshore during stormy weather. Its diet is comprised mostly of crustaceans (especially krill), but occaisionally includes some fish and squid. It feeds mainly by surface-seizing and dipping, but can also catch prey by surface-plunging or pattering. It often assocaites with other prions and storm-petrels when feeding around boats . The breeding season starts in September and the species is highly colonial , creating burrows in coastal sites on oceanic islands1.


List of Habitats :


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Pachyptila turtur (Kuhl, 1820)


Name Status: Accepted Name .

First described: Oliver, James A. Banana bonanza. Animal Kingdom 58 (3): 66–71., 1955.

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 04, 2008:



  1. Mean = -2,970.680 meters (-9,746.325 feet), Standard Deviation = 1,485.540 based on 1,464 observations. Ocean depth information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  2. BirdLife International 2009. Pachyptila turtur. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 February 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30