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Subspecies pileatusPhoto © by Peter DayLady Elliot Island, Australia, June 2018
Subspecies pileatus
Photo © by Peter Day
Lady Elliot Island, Australia, June 2018
Anous stolidus


[edit] Identification

38–45 cm (15-17¾ in)

  • Dark brown overall plumage
  • Grey crown
  • Whitish forehead

[edit] Distribution

Subspecies plumbeigularisPhoto © by Mike Barth Kalba, UAE, June 2010
Subspecies plumbeigularis
Photo © by Mike Barth
Kalba, UAE, June 2010

Tropical oceans: Circumglobal.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Subspecies galapagensisPhoto © by bionicsherpaGalapagos Islands, March 2009
Subspecies galapagensis
Photo © by bionicsherpa
Galapagos Islands, March 2009

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • A. s. plumbeigularis:
  • Southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden
  • A. s. pileatus:
  • A. s. galapagensis:
  • A. s. ridgwayi:
  • A. s. stolidus:

A. s. plumbeigularis is usually considered invalid, and sometimes considered a subspecies of A. s. pileatus [2].

[edit] Habitat

Tropical and sub-tropical islands. They are a mainly pelagic species; breeding on oceanic islands.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They are surface feeders; their dies consists almost entirely of small fish and squid.

[edit] Breeding

The nest on cliffs or in trees. A single egg is laid. They nest throughout the year in the Galapagos.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Apr 2018 and October 2018)

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