PORT PHILLIP BAY


Cape Petrel 

Daption capense

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Procellariiformes
Family:
Procellariidae
Genus:
Daption
Species:
capense

General Description

Head and neck black. Back chequered black and white. Wings white with broad black margins. Bill black. Body up to 40 cm long, wing span to 90 cm.

Biology

These fast-flying petrels follow ships and sometimes gather food near shore. They breed on Antarctic shores and sub-Antarctic islands.

Habitat

Coastlines, large bays and open seas.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Sub-Antarctic islands and coasts of southern continents, a vagrant in northern hemisphere areas.

Species Group

Birds Petrels

Max Size

40 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Cape Petrel, Daption capense, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5803

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