Kōrero: Petrels

Cape petrel (1 o 2)

Cape petrel

Cape petrels are part of the fulmarine petrel group, which also includes giant petrels. They have sturdy bills with prominent nasal tubes. Cape petrels often feed by sitting on the water, using their feet to stir up planktonic crustaceans, which they peck from the surface. Their distinctive markings have given rise to the name pintado, which is Portuguese for ‘painted’. They fly and feed in flocks and often follow vessels such as the Wellington–Picton ferries.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10031095
Photograph by Rod Morris

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Petrels - Shearwaters, Procellaria and fulmarine petrels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/8587/cape-petrel (accessed 29 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Kerry-Jayne Wilson, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015