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Peruvian Diving Petrel - BirdForum Opus

Pelecanoides garnotii
Photo by BirdsPeru
Lima, Peru.


Dark back, pale belly, and blue feet, brown face and neck.


Peru from approximately Cimbote almost to Valdivia in Chile. Breeding colonies known on La Vieja Island and San Gallan Island in the National Reserve of Paracas, as well as Isla Blanca off Chimbote


This is a monotypic species[1].


Coastal areas, breeding mostly on islands.


Peruvian Diving-Petrel is a good swimmer and dives for its food. They are probably better at flying than expected, as they can be found a good distance away from known breeding sites. Researcher from the Peruvian conservation group Mundo Azul have observed diving petrels up to 300 km north of their know breeding colonies.


Nests are placed in burrows, and visited at night.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Ebird range map checked October 2010
  3. Mundo Azul Species fact sheet Peruvian diving petrel

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