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Grey Petrel | Procellaria cinerea

The Grey Petrel is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Procellariidae bird family group which includes birds such as Petrels, Shearwaters.

The description for the Grey Petrel (Latin name Procellaria cinerea) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Procellaria cinerea can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 33 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 669. You will find a picture of the Grey Petrel on page 657.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Grey Petrel between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Grey Petrel has a height of 50 cms and weighs around 1000 gms. The head is coloured silver, grey while the bill is coloured cream. The Procellaria cinerea has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a silver, grey coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is silver, grey

Eyes are brown

Bill is cream

Legs are grey

Throat is white

Back is silver, grey

Feeding Habits ...

This birds forages for fish and other aquatic dwellers through surface sizing and diving for food in the water.

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

You can see the Grey Petrel bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds

The Grey Petrel is a very rare bird that can only be seen out at sea following fish vessels. It can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

It is also seen in flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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