Puffinus assimilis (Little
Kleinpylstormvoël [Afrikaans]; Kleine Pijlstormvogel
[Dutch]; Petit puffin [French]; Kleiner sturmtaucher [German]; Pardela-pequena
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(birds) > Order: Ciconiiformes
> Family: Procellariidae
Distribution and habitat
Breeds at islands off Australia and New Zealand, with other
colonies on Tristan da Cunha and Gough and St. Paul Island, after which it
disperses across southern oceans surrounding their breeding sites. It is fairly
common in southern African waters below 37° South, while more scarce closer to
the South African coast.
Movements and migrations
Little known, although mainly recorded in
southern Africa from May-September. Since adults tend to regularly
return to their breeding colonies in the non-breeding season, it is
possible that most southern African records are of juveniles.
It mainly eats small fish, squid and crustaceans, doing
most of its foraging by grabbing prey from the water surface or pursuing the
animal to greater depths.
Not threatened, although negatively impacted by introduced
predators at its breeding colonies.
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.