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White-bellied storm petrel

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: White-bellied storm-petrels (Fregetta grallaria) seldom leave their preferred habitat of the oceanic waters near the continental shelf. Most observations confirm a general habit of flying low over the water, rocking from side to side, dragging their feet or belly on the water's surface.

Distribution Rare observations near Luderitz.

Diet: Eats fish and squid, small crustaceans, offal and scraps.

Description Fairly large seabird with short toes and 'spade-like' nails. Most birds of this species have a white rump and belly. Often trails legs in the water in flight. Grallaria is Latin for 'stilts' which refers to their long legs.

Breeding: Breeds in rocky crevices and island burrows.

Size: 20cm. Weight: 60g. Wingspan: 48cm.

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