Fairy Prion (species: Pachyptila turtur) in Sydney Marine Life (Gaia Guide)
Pachyptila turtur
Fairy Prion

©Sabine's Sunbird: Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur)

©Tom Tarrant: Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur)

©Tom Tarrant: Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Procellariidae
Genus Pachyptila
Species Pachyptila turtur
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Its plumage is blue-grey on its upperparts, and white underneath. They have a dark "M" on their upperparts extending to their wingtips, and their tail is wedge-shaped with a dark tip. They have a blue bill and feet. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 26 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Fairy Prion is found throughout oceans and coastal areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Their colonies can be found on Chatham, Snares and Antipodes Islands of New Zealand, Bass Strait Islands of Australia, Falkland Islands, Marion Island, the Crozet Islands and Macquarie Island. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


This bird had struck the window of the South Seas Hotel. It was still alive and uttered this to be recorded for all posterity.

© Todd Mark


The diet consists mainly of planktonic crustaceans and other tiny sea animals, which they feed at night from the water's surface. (Wikipedia)

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