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Prion, Slender-billed
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Pachyptila belcheri
Africa, Argentina, Asia, Australasia, Australia, Brazil, Chile, East Africa, Eastern Cape Province, Global, Indian Ocean Islands, Indonesia, Kenya, KwaZulu Natal Province, Mauritius, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Reunion, South Africa, South America, Southern Africa, Uruguay, Western Cape Province Read more
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This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or ...
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The Slender-billed Prion is a member of the Pachyptila genus and along with the Blue Petrel make up the prions. They are then members of the Procellariiformes order, and they share certain identifying features. First, they have nasal passages that attach to the upper bill called naricorns. Although the nostrils on the Prion are on top of the upper bill. The bills of Procellariiformes are also unique in that they are split into between 7 and 9 horny plates. They produce a stomach oil made up of wax esters and triglycerides that is stored in the proventriculus. This is used against predators as well as an energy rich food source for chicks and for the adults during their long flights.[ 2] Finally, they also have a salt gland that is situated above the nasal passage and helps desalinate their bodies, due to the high amount of ocean water that they imbibe. It excretes a high saline solution from their nose.[ 3] ...
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