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Photo by Jon Gallagher
Drake Passage, November 2012
Halobaena caerulea


29 cm in length and 48 cm in wingspan

  • White underparts
  • Grey upperparts with an "M" band
  • White tipped tail


Islands in subantarctic southern oceans and islands off Cape Horn.

They breed on Marion Island, Prince Edward Island, Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Archipelago, Macquarie Island and South Georgia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Pelagic when not breeding.



They nest colonially in burrows; the single egg is incubated by both adults for 50 days, the young fledging after 55 days.


The diet includes shrimp, crustaceans, fish and squid.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Wikipedia

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