ADVERTISEMENT
  About the SA Blog Network

Posts Tagged "procellariiforms"

Tetrapod Zoology

Tubenosed seabirds that shear the waves: of Calonectris, Lugensa, and Puffinus (petrels part VII)

As a regular Tet Zoo reader (right?) you’ll be aware of the petrel series. I’m keen to finish it (hey, just as I am with all the other still-incomplete Tet Zoo series), so let’s crack on. In previous articles, we looked at gadfly-petrels, the members of Fulmarini, and also at the evolution, biology and diversity [...]

Keep reading »
Tetrapod Zoology

Giant petrels, snow petrels, fulmars and kin (petrels part VI)

Some time back I started a series on the remarkable tubenosed seabirds known as the petrels (see below for links). Previous articles introduced the group as a whole before discussing one of the four major petrel clades, the gadfly-petrels or pterodromines. The time to finish this series is now well overdue, so here we look [...]

Keep reading »
Tetrapod Zoology

Putting petrels in their place and the possibly weird evolution of albatrosses (petrels part IV)

After a number of unplanned distractions (involving the story behind the Archaeopteryx forgery claim, the time-honoured tradition that is April 1st, feathered tyrannosaurs, horned dinosaurs, chickens, ‘Cadborosaurus’, Eld’s deer, and intraguild predation in, and the phylogeny of, raptors), it’s time to get back on track and carry on looking at tubenose seabirds, and petrels in [...]

Keep reading »
Tetrapod Zoology

Noel W. Cusa’s brilliant seabird drawings

What with my recent effort to write a lot about tubenosed seabirds (specifically, true petrels or procellariids: see links below), I consider it a peculiar coincidence that I happened to chance upon a copy of Ronald Lockley’s Flight of the Storm Petrel in a second-hand bookshop. Note that this book (Lockley 1983) is about storm-petrels [...]

Keep reading »
Tetrapod Zoology

Petrels: some form-function ‘rules’, and pattern and pigmentation (petrels part III)

Aquaflying shearwaters in pursuit of fish. A still from Blue Planet, BBC (c).

Time for more petrels. This article is another introduction, this time to generalities of behaviour and form-function. The previous petrel articles are here and here, and see the list of links below as well. Several distinct foraging styles are employed by petrels and they’re more diverse in feeding behaviour than most accounts imply. The majority [...]

Keep reading »

More from Scientific American

Scientific American Back To School

Back to School Sale!

12 Digital Issues + 4 Years of Archive Access just $19.99

Order Now >

X

Email this Article



This function is currently unavailable

X