Fulmarus glacialoides (Southern fulmar, Antarctic fulmar) 

Silwerstormvoël [Afrikaans]; Grijze stormvogel [Dutch]; Fulmar argenté [French]; Silbermöwen-Sturmvogel [German]; Pombalete-meridional [Portuguese]

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Fulmarus glacialoides (Southern fulmar, Antarctic fulmar)  Fulmarus glacialoides (Southern fulmar, Antarctic fulmar) 
Southern fulmar, offshore from Cape Town, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©] Southern fulmar, offshore from Cape Town, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]
Fulmarus glacialoides (Southern fulmar, Antarctic fulmar) 

Southern fulmar, offshore from Cape Town, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

Distribution and habitat

Breeds on ice-free areas of Antarctica and adjacent islands, heading north in the non-breeding season and usually staying below 40° South, although sometimes reaching southern African waters. Here it is uncommon to rare in the far south of the region, extending to the area west of the Northern Cape and southern Namibia.

Movements and migrations

Disperses from its breeding colonies in the period from March-April, migrating across the Antarctic Convergence before returning to breed in October.

Food 

It mainly eats fishery discards and offal, doing most of its foraging by grabbing food from the wake of fishing vessels.

Threats

Not threatened.

References

  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 

 
 

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