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Pachyptila vittata

(Broad-billed Prion)

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Common Names

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Common Names in Afrikaans:

Breëbekwalvisvoël

Common Names in Dutch:

Breedbekprion

Common Names in English:

Broad-billed Prion, Broadbilled Prion

Common Names in French:

Prion de Forster

Common Names in German:

Großer Entensturmvogel

Common Names in Japanese:

ヒロハシクジラドリ

Description

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Physical Description

Adult : Head : Crown: dark Face : Eye Stripe: dark Bill: black Body: Back: dark w-shaped marking extending out to wings Underparts: white Upperparts: blue-gray Tail: blackish tip.

Habitat

Typically found in water with a depth of 0 to -5,226 meters (0 to -17,146 feet).[1]

Biome: Marine .

Ecology: The diet of this species is comprised mostly of cruaceans (especially copepods ), squid and some fish. It apparently takes more crustaceans in summer and small squid in winter. Prey is obtained usually by hydroplaning and by filtering or surface-seizing. Breeding starts in July or August and individuals are strongly colonial , nesting in burrows which are sometimes occupied by more than one pair. It breeds on a large variety of substrates and areas; coastal slopes , flat lava fields , offshore islets and cliffs , dry rocky soil, caves and scree1.

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List of Habitats :

Taxonomy

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Synonyms

Pachyptila vittata (Forster, 1777)

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:

P. belcheri (Slender-Billed Prion) · P. crassirostris (Fulmar Prion) · P. crassirostris crassirostris (Thick-Billed Prion) · P. desolata (Antarctic Prion) · P. desolata desolata (Antarctic 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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Notes

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal December 09, 2007:

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Footnotes

  1. Mean = -3,434.270 meters (-11,267.290 feet), Standard Deviation = 1,550.410 based on 114 observations. Ocean depth information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  2. BirdLife International 2009. Pachyptila vittata. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 03 February 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2014-07-15