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Prion (bird)

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Procellariiformes
Scientific name  Prion
Rank  Tribe
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Procellariidae
Higher classification  Procellariidae
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Lower classifications  Antarctic prion, Fairy prion, Slender‑billed prion, Broad‑billed prion, Salvin's prion

The prions (or whalebirds) are small petrels in the genera Pachyptila and Halobaena. They form one of the four groups within the Procellariidae (also referred to as the prions), along with the gadfly petrels, shearwaters and fulmarine petrels. The name comes from the Greek priōn, meaning "saw", a reference of the serrated edges of the birds' saw-like bill.

Prion (bird) Thinbilled prion New Zealand Birds Online

They are found in the Southern Ocean and breed on a number of subantarctic islands. Prions grow 20 to 27 cm (7.9–10.6 in) long, and have blue-grey upper parts and white underparts. Three species of prion have flattened bills with a fringe of lamellae that act as strainers for zooplankton. All prions are marine and feed on small crustacea such as copepods, ostracods, decapods, and krill, as well as some fish such as myctophids and nototheniids.

Prion (bird) Fulmar prion New Zealand Birds Online

List of species

Prion (bird) Thinbilled prion New Zealand Birds Online
  • Pachyptila
  • Pachyptila turtur, fairy prion
  • Pachyptila belcheri, slender-billed prion
  • Pachyptila crassirostris, fulmar prion
  • Pachyptila vittata, broad-billed prion
  • Pachyptila desolata, Antarctic prion
  • Pachyptila salvini, Salvin's prion
  • Halobaena
  • Halobaena caerulea, blue petrel

  • Prion (bird) Prion bird Wikipedia

    In addition, fossil remains of some hitherto undescribed prehistoric species have been found. The oldest comes from the Late Miocene (Tortonian, some 7 to 12 million years ago) of the Bahía Inglesa Formation in Chile.

    Prion (bird) Pachyptila desolata Antarctic prion Dove prion Sea and coastal
    Prion (bird) Fairy Prion BirdForum Opus

    References

    Prion (bird) Wikipedia


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