CAPE PETREL FACTS
The Cape Petrel has a distinctive black and white chequered pattern on the back and upper wings. The underside is white. The head, chin and throat are almost black. The broad tail is white with black tip. The bill, legs and feet are black. There are two subspecies ssp capense and ssp australe. Ssp australe has more black on the back and wings. Juveniles are similar to adults with grey instead of black.
islands of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic, open ocean
crustaceans, fish, squid
The nest is a hollow lined with under overhanging rock or in a crevice. The female lays a single white egg
The Cape Petrel is found around the coastline of southern half of Australia. They breed reed on islands of Antarctica and sub-Antarctic islands. Spp capense breeds on Macquarie Island and Heard Island.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Cape Petrel|