Southern Giant Petrel

Where can I see the Southern Giant Petrel

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The Southern Giant Petrel is a large seabird that is found in the southern hemisphere. They are a member of the procellariidae family, which also includes petrels and shearwaters. Southern Giant Petrels are dark brown or black in colour, with a white head and neck. They have a long, pointed beak, and webbed feet. Southern Giant Petrels are excellent swimmers, and can stay underwater for up to two minutes. They eat fish, squid, and crustaceans, and can dive to depths of up to 250 feet to catch their prey.

Southern Giant Petrels breed on islands near the Antarctic continent. The female lays one or two eggs in a nest made of sticks, which the male then incubates for about 50 days. The chicks are fed by both parents, and fledge when they are about four months old.

Southern Giant Petrels are considered to be near threatened by the IUCN, due to the destruction of their breeding colonies by humans, as well as incidental catches by fisheries. However, they are not currently listed as an endangered species. Despite this, it is important to protect these beautiful birds wherever possible, so that they can continue to thrive for years to come.

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100 000
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Least Concern (LC)
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Geeky Facts about the Southern Giant Petrel

Fact 1

They have a large and strong bill capable of ripping open carcasses to feed.

Fact 2

The southern giant petrel is the largest petrel species, reaching the size of a small albatross.

Fact 3

Southern giant petrels are monogamous, with shared incubation and chick care.

Tours where I can see the Southern Giant Petrel

Antarctica Classic
Antarctica Classic

Antarctica Classic

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Antarctica, Argentina
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Small group
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2 - Light

11 days from

£4,799 / person

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Vinson
Vinson

Vinson

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Antarctica
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Small group
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5 - Challenging

18 days from

$47,495 / person

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