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Atlantic Petrel | Pterodroma incerta

The Atlantic 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 Atlantic Petrel (Latin name Pterodroma incerta) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Pterodroma incerta can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 26 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 660. You will find a picture of the Atlantic 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 Atlantic Petrel between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Atlantic Petrel has a height of 45 cms and weighs around 520 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Pterodroma incerta has a grey coloured throat, pink legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are black.

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 brown

Eyes are black

Bill is black

Legs are pink

Throat is grey

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

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

This bird is a well known scavenger and rarely kills its own prey.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Atlantic 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 ...

The Atlantic Petrel is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

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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