Procellariiformes

The Procellariiformes, or tubed-nosed seabirds, consist of large marine birds. They include the albatross and petrels of which form a large group of highly pelagic birds found primarily in the Southern Hemisphere. Procellarids superficially resemble gulls. Their nostrils extend onto the bill in short tubes. The bill is covered with horny plates. They have well-developed salt glands that aid in water balance (they can drink salt water). Teir three front toes are webbed.

Family Common name Total number
Diomedeidae Albatross 14 (2)
Hydrobatidae Storm-Petrels ?
Pelecanoididae Diving Petrels ?

By Rob Nelson


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