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Tuatara: Volume 21, Issues 1 and 2 (New Zealand Albatrosses and Petrels: an Identification Guide)

26. Antarctic Fulmar — (Fulmarus glacialoides) — Plate 10

26. Antarctic Fulmar
(Fulmarus glacialoides)
Plate 10

Field Characters: 120/47. A large, very pale, gull-like petrel. Uppersurface pale blue-grey, with wings only slightly darker. The white inner webs of the outer primaries, together with the nearly all white inner primaries. form an eye-catching white rectangular patch on the upperwing, characteristic of this species. Head, tail and all underparts pure white.

Bill fleshy pink with black tip and blue nasal tubes. Feet mainly pale flesh coloured.

Flight similar to large gulls, but with more stiffly held wings and more gliding. May attend ships for short periods, but does not follow them.

Circumpolar and a typical bird of Antarctic seas. Summer breeder on Antarctic shores and off-lying islands. Regularly ranging to northern Tasman Sea during winter.