FAIRY PRION Pachyptila turtur


A group much given to taxonomic debate, with three to seven species mooted. All are similar, and whilst at least three taxa are readily identifiable given good close views, this is difficult due to their habit of flying erratically in huge flocks; one form is even said to "loop the loop". This species has a circumpolar distribution in subantarctic seas, and islands off Tasmania and New Zealand.


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