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Grey-backed Storm Petrel - BirdForum Opus

Photo by mjh73
Southern Ocean off Portland, Victoria, October 2010
Garrodia nereis


16–19 cm (6-7 in)

  • Plumage mostly grey and white
  • Blackish hood
  • Long legs


South America, Australasia, Antarctica
Circumpolar subantarctic waters, north to about 35°South
South America: Chile, Argentina, Falkland Islands
Australasia: Australia, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, New Zealand, Stewart Island,
Antarctica: South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, Prince Edward Island

Photo by mjh73
Southern Ocean off Portland, Victoria, October 2010


This is a monotypic species[1].


Subantarctic waters, near the continental shelf.



Their diet consists mostly of immature barnacles and other crustaceans.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)

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