BIRD OF THE WEEK — PERUVIAN DIVING-PETREL — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

PERUVIAN DIVING-PETREL

At first glance, the Peruvian Diving-petrel is small — only about the length of an American Robin — and has a dark-and-light color pattern common to many other seabirds such as the Hawaiian Petrel and Townsend’s Shearwater. Unlike petrels and shearwaters, though, diving-petrels are more aquatic than aerial, spending most of their time swimming.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pelecanoides garnotii
POPULATION: At least 75,000
IUCN STATUS: Endangered
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Near-shore ocean waters; nests on small offshore islands

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