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Antartic Fulmar


Antarctic fulmar (Fulmarus glacialoides)

Antarctic Fulmar
Breeds on rocky islets around Antarctica. Colonies of over a million birds are crowded onto small rocky islets. Often seen alone out at sea. A large grey and white coloured bird which looks similar to a large sea-gull, but is easily distinguished from the sea-gull by its stiff wings and rapid wing beats, followed by periods of gliding - a characteristic flight pattern of petrels. Birds feed on the rich krill food source around Antarctic waters in the summer and birds move north over the winter.

Individual Antarctic fulmars are seen off the Kaikoura Coast from May to September. Attracted to fishing boats for food-scraps, although they are not as an aggressive feeder as the closely related cape petrel (pigeon).