|Peruvian Diving Petrel Pelecanoides garnotii
(aka Pelecanoides garnoti)
Chilean name: Yunco
The Peruvian Diving Petrel is found off the coast of Peru and northern and central Chile. Except in the southern extremities of its range, where it is found alongside Magellanic Diving Petrel P. magellani, it is the only Diving-petrel to be found.
|It is quite difficult to photograph since it is either flying close to the surface of the sea with its rapid wing-beats or it is constantly diving as it feeds on small fish and small crustaceans only coming to the surface for very brief intervals.
It nests in burrows in the guano deposited on off-shore islands and is vulnerable both to the exploitation of the guano deposits and to introduced predators such as rats, cats and foxes.
|It is classified as Endangered by Birdlife International.|