diving petrels

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  • Unless seen very close, it is almost indistinguishable from the common diving petrel.
  • Unless seen very close, it is almost indistinguishable from the South Georgia diving petrel.
  • It has been given the common name of Miocene diving petrel.
  • This flight is low over the water and diving petrels will fly through the crests of waves without any interruption of their flight path.
  • Many taxonomists used to retain the diving petrels in this family also, but today their distinctiveness is considered well supported.
  • The diving petrels are small auk-like birds found in the southern oceans.
  • Another difference is that the South Georgia diving petrel has a posterior black line down the tarsi.
  • The common diving petrel is found between latitudes 35 and 55 degrees south, mostly around islands.
  • The remaining percentage of the Peruvian diving petrels food is fish, mainly anchovies.
  • South Georgia diving petrels are noted for their diving capabilities.
  • Diving petrels are among the world's most numerous birds, with common and South Georgia diving petrels numbering several million pairs each.
  • Other seabirds which may breed there are common diving-petrel and Cape petrel.
  • All Procellariiformes create stomach oil except the diving-petrels.
  • Other species, such as some of the storm petrels, diving petrels and cormorants, never disperse at all, staying near their breeding colonies year round.
  • The family Pelecanoididae is the four species of diving petrels, genus Pelacanoides.
  • The diving-petrels are relatives of the petrels distinguishable only by small differences in plumage and bill construction.
  • The Peruvian diving petrel has become locally extinct on many of its former colonies and nests nowadays only on a few offshore islands.
  • Among the Procellariiformes the diving petrels are the family most adapted to life in the sea rather than flying over it, and are generally found closer inshore than other families in the order.
  • Endemic races present include the dark-faced ground-tyrant, Falkland thrush, long-tailed meadowlark and common diving petrel.
  • Some pursuit divers rely predominantly on their wings for thrust production during swimming in addition to while in flight include auks, diving petrels, and penguins.
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