Common Diving Petrel Pelecanoides urinatrix
Chilean name: Yunco de los canales
Common Diving-petrel, Chiloe Ferry, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image from the Chacao-Pargua Ferry to Chiloe, Chile
November 2005

The Common Diving Petrel is distributed in the southern Atlantic and round southern Chile as far as Chiloe, around New Zealand and south-east Australia and in the southern Indian Ocean.

Common Diving-petrel, Chiloe Ferry, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image It is strictly a marine bird except for breeding where it builds a burrow usually on the steep slopes of oceanic islands. It breeds colonially but tends to feed singly or in small groups. It feeds on plankton and krill which it captures by diving underwater or while sitting on the surface. It flies infrequently and tends to dive rather than fly when threatened.
Common Diving-petrel, Chiloe Ferry, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image It is similar to the Magellanic Diving Petrel P. magellani which is more common in southern Chile but it lacks the latter's clear white throat and more capped appearance.

The specific name is derived from Latin urinare - to dive.

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