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Fairy Prion - BirdForum Opus

Photo by joe cockram
Wollongong, Australia, July 2006
Pachyptila turtur


Exact bill shape is important in identification of this species1.

23 to 28 cm in length. 125 g in weight. 56 to 60 cm in wingspan.


The Fairy prion is found throughout the oceans and coastal areas of the Southern hemisphere.

Breeds on scattered subtropical and sub-antarctic islands


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open ocean and coastal areas. They prefer to breed on small islands.



Feeds from the surface of the sea.


Nest is placed in a burrow or preexisting hole.


  1. Thread from the id forum with id hints for Fairy Prion
  2. 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
  3. Wikipedia

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