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Pelecanoides georgicus (South Georgia Diving Petrel)

Wikipedia Abstract

The South Georgia diving petrel or Georgian diving-petrel (Pelecanoides georgicus) is one of four very similar small auk-like diving petrels of the southern oceans. It is native to the South Atlantic and islands of the southern Indian Ocean, New Zealand, and south-eastern Australia.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 18.8107
EDGE Score: 2.98622


Adult Weight [1]  114 grams
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Fish [2]  10 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  90 %
Forages - Water Surface [2]  40 %
Forages - Underwater [2]  60 %
Clutch Size [3]  1
Incubation [3]  47 days
Wing Span [1]  15 inches (.381 m)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Antipodes Subantarctic Islands tundra Australia, New Zealand Australasia Tundra    
Scotia Sea Islands tundra United Kingdom Antarctic Tundra    
Southern Indian Ocean Islands tundra South Africa, France, Australia Antarctic Tundra    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area 264402758 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands      

Important Bird Areas

BirdLife Species Factsheet: View Factsheet
Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Heard and McDonald Islands Heard Island and McDonald Islands (to Australia) A1, A4ii, A4iii  
Île aux Cochons French Southern Territories A1, A2, A4i, A4ii, A4iii    
Île de l'Est French Southern Territories A1, A2, A4i, A4ii, A4iii    
Île de la Possession French Southern Territories A1, A2, A4i, A4ii, A4iii  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
New Zealand New Zealand No

Prey / Diet

Allium sativum (cultivated garlic)[4]
Calanoides acutus[5]
Calanus propinquus[4]
Calanus simillimus[4]
Drepanopus pectinatus[4]
Electrona antarctica (Lanternfish)[4]
Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill)[4]
Euphausia vallentini[6]
Krefftichthys anderssoni (Anderson's lanternfish)[4]
Lepas australis[5]
Notothenia rossii (Marbled rockcod)[4]
Paraeuchaeta antarctica[4]
Primno macropa[5]
Rhincalanus gigas[5]
Themisto gaudichaudii[5]
Thysanoessa macrura[5]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Daption capense (Cape Petrel)4
Eudyptes chrysocome (Rockhopper Penguin)4
Eudyptes chrysolophus (Macaroni Penguin)4
Eudyptes schlegeli (Royal Penguin)1
Fregetta tropica (Black-bellied Storm Petrel)3
Garrodia nereis (Grey-backed Storm Petrel)1
Halobaena caerulea (Blue Petrel)4
Oceanites oceanicus (Wilson's Storm-Petrel)4
Pachyptila belcheri (Slender-billed Prion)3
Pachyptila desolata (Antarctic Prion)5
Pachyptila salvini (Salvin's Prion)5
Pachyptila turtur (Fairy Prion)3
Pelecanoides urinatrix (Common Diving Petrel)2
Phoebetria fusca (Sooty Albatross)2
Phoebetria palpebrata (Light-mantled Albatross)1
Procellaria aequinoctialis (White-chinned Petrel)2
Pterodroma mollis (Soft-plumaged Petrel)1
Pygoscelis papua (Gentoo Penguin)2
Thalassarche chrysostoma (Grey-headed Albatross)1
Thalassarche melanophris (Black-browed Albatross)1


Macronectes giganteus (Southern Giant Petrel)[4]


Parasitized by 
Austromenopon elliotti[7]
Parapsyllus heardi[8]
Pelmatocerandra enderleini[7]

Range Map



Attributes / relations provided by
1Anatomy and Histochemistry of Flight Muscles in a Wing-Propelled Diving Bird, the Atlantic Puffin, Fratercula arctica, Christopher E. Kovacs and Ron A. Meyers, JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY 244:109–125 (2000)
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Complete trophic segregation between South Georgian and common diving petrels during breeding at Iles Kerguelen, Pierrick Bocher, Yves Cherel, Keith A Hobson, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 208: 249–264, 2000
7Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
8International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation. Science, 342, 803–805
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access