Shearwaters and petrels in Uganda
Shearwaters and petrels in Uganda- Petrels and shearwaters are wide-ranging oceanic birds with a characteristic tubenose and other specialized features that equip them well for a life spent mostly at sea. Found throughout the world, these long-lived colonial nesting seabirds include some 75 species in four families, all in the family Procellariidae of the order Procelliformes. Only one of these occur in Uganda.
These seabirds show a great range in body size, from the giant petrel with a 6 ft (2 m) wing-span to the robin-sized diving petrel. However, they are all fairly uniform in color, either all dark, or dark and light.
The sexes are externally alike. While several species are globally endangered and a number of others quite rare, a majority are numerous and thriving.
Antarctic Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus)