Antarctic Prion (species: Pachyptila desolata) in Sydney Marine Life (Gaia Guide)
Pachyptila desolata
Antarctic Prion

©Liam Quinn: Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata) flying over the South Atlantic Ocean between the Falkland Islands and South Georgia

©David Cook: Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata)

©Cláudio Dias Timm: Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Procellariidae
Genus Pachyptila
Species Pachyptila desolata
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Like all prions, its underparts are white and upperparts are blue-grey, with a dark "M" across its back to its wingtips. It has a white eyebrow, blue-grey bill, and blue feet. It also has a grey wedge-shaped tail with a black tip. On its wings, its greater coverts are near black. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 26 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It breeds in colonies on the Auckland Islands, Heard Island, Macquarie Island, Scott Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands, Crozet Islands, and the Kerguelen Islands. When not breeding, it ranges throughout the southern oceans. (Wikipedia)


Like all prions, the Antarctic Prion eat primarily zooplankton, which it obtains by filtering water through its upper bill. (Wikipedia)

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