Kōrero: Petrels

Fairy prions and red-billed gulls (1 o 2)

Fairy prions and red-billed gulls

In this picture the larger gulls give an idea of the fairy prions’ size, just 125 grams – the smallest prions. Prions are also known as whale birds from their habit of flocking around whales, which are attracted by a similar diet. With over a million breeding pairs of fairy prions, New Zealand has half the world’s population of this species. Flocks of around a thousand birds are common in Cook Strait and elsewhere. They have a dark ‘M’ pattern across their wings, and as they fly they twist and turn in unison, flicking in and out of sight against the waves.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10031382
Photograph by Rod Morris

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Petrels - Prions, gadfly, storm and diving petrels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/8589/fairy-prions-and-red-billed-gulls (accessed 29 November 2020)

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