seabirds of australasia

To: "Bester, Adam" <>
Subject: seabirds of australasia
From: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 16:44:10 +1000

Yes - the reason I asked is because yours is not such a straightforward
request; almost any book on seabirds will contain a different interpretation
and hence selection of species. Therefore without a definition you might get
several different answers to the same question! On boat trips here off
Southport, for example, we frequently see Little Black Cormorants outside of
the Gold Coast seaway - does it then count as a seabird?

Some purists refer to the procellariformes or tubenoses as the "true"
seabirds - ie albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, storm-petrels and
diving-petrels. But then you leave out long-distance oceanic migrants like
Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua... and so it goes...

Sorry to be pernickity about it!



Andrew. Seabirds include penguins, albatross, petrels (etc), tropicbirds,
boobies, gannets, cormorants, shags, terns, noddies, skuas, gulls, jaegars.
recorded in Australia and its territories (ie. subantarctic islands,
Antarctic territory etc)

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