Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Shearwaters and Petrels :: Cape Petrel

Cape Petrel Daption capense

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): Pintado Petrel, Cape Pigeon, Pied Petrel, Spotted Petrel, Black-and-white Petrel, Cape Fulmar
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


off Cape Town, South Africa - Date unknown © Tim Boucher  off Cape Town, South Africa - Date unknown © Tim Boucher  Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia - 1986 © Hans&Judy Beste  Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia - 1986 © Hans&Judy Beste  South Africa - Sep, 2001 © Jean-Philippe Paris 
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Circumpolar; Southern Ocean; S. Atlantic Ocean; S. Pacific n. along coast of South America to the Equator; S. Indian Ocean;
(1) South Georgia, South Sandwich, South Orkney, South Shetland, Bouvet, Crozet, Kerguelen, Heard, Macquarie, Peter Is., and Balleny Is., Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula.
(2) Snares, Antipodes, Bounty, Campbell Is. In the summer, disperses s. of 51S in the sw. Atlantic Ocean and 60S to 63S elsewhere.
During the winter, disperses n. in the Atlantic Ocean off South America to Argentina and Uruguay n. to Rio de Janeiro and Cape Frio, Brazil (23S), in mid-ocean n. to 24S to 27S and to South Africa, Namibia and Angola (15S to 20S) off w. Africa. Disperses n. in the Indian Ocean to ex. s. Mozambique (Beira, 20S), s. Madagascar, in mid-ocean n. to 18S to 24S and to Carnarvon, c. Western Australia (24S), off South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales off Wollongong to s. Queensland (27S) and Tasmania and in the Tasman Sea to New Zealand (North and South Islands). Disperses across the Pacific Ocean in mid-ocean n. to 19S to 31S and w. to the coast of South America off Ecuador (Galapagos Is. w. to at least 106W and 0 to 12S along the South Equatorial Current), Peru (Punta Parinas, 5S) and Chile.


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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