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76 cm Recognised by large size and head pattern
Two-three races recognised differing in minor bill and leg measurements.
Circumpolar in the subantarctic.
Pelagic range not fully known but many remain close to breeding range, others wander northwards to about 430S in South America.
There are 2 subspecies:
An additional subspecies taeniata (from Macquarie, Heard, Kerguelen and Marion Islands) is not generally recognised.
Breeds on remote flat or rocky islands, otherwise at sea but seen close to breeding sites throughout the year.
Colonial breeder, August-March, nest is a bulky structure of vegetation or small stones. Two white eggs laid between late-September and mid-October, incubated by both sexes for 33 days. Young fed by both sexes.
Their diet includes krill.
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