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Blue Petrel

Blue Petrel

Status: Least Concern
Classification: Birds
Scientific Name: Halobaena caerulea

Blue petrel belongs to the family of Procellariidae, and the only member of genus Halobaena. Its a small seabird found in the oceans of Australia, but it is believed that this species also exist in South Africa and parts of South America. They have a population of approximately 3,000,000 but considered critically endangered as of year 2000.

Blue petrel have excellent diving ability. They can dive from 6 metres (20 ft) high. Their best feature is their nasal passages which is attached to their upper bill. They have salt gland above their nasal passage which helps desalinate their bodies from high amount of ocean water.

The Blue Petrel

Their plumage has white underneath and grey on its upper parts. They also have the ability to produce stomach oil which they used against their predators. Blue petrel's feed on krill and other crustaceans squid and fish.

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