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Common Diving-Petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix)

Common Diving-Petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix)

Common Diving-Petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix)

Class: Aves
Family: Procellariidae
Common Name: Common Diving-Petrel
Genus: Pelecanoides
Species Name: urinatrix

About The Common Diving-Petrel

Common diving petrels use their wings to propel them underwater and catch most of their prey in underwater pursuit. They can dive to depths of 60 m. The legs are used to steer. Their diet is mainly aquatic crustaceans, mainly copepods (Copepoda), amphipods (Amphipoda, especially Hyperiella antarctica and Hyperoche medusarum), euphasiid krill (Euphausiidae, Euphasia superba), and some isopods (Isopoda). South Georgia diving petrels (Pelecanoides georgicus) seem to specialize on euphasiids in their diet, whereas common diving petrels dive deeper for prey, targeting primarily copepods and amphipods in the breeding season, although they will take more euphasiids outside of the breeding season. Common diving petrels forage mainly in the near shore areas around their breeding colonies.

Animal Foods: aquatic crustaceans

Primary Diet: carnivore (Eats non-insect arthropods)

Rights Holder: The Regents of the University of Michigan and its licensors
Bibliographic Citation: Dewey, T. 2009. "Pelecanoides urinatrix" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed April 27, 2013 at Citation Link

Trips Where Observed

New Zealand

Member Lifelists

South America

Sites Where Observed


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