Southernmost bird

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Snow Petrel

Well, what did you answer? I bet it was a penguin species, probably the Emperor. Wrong, the southernmost breeding bird species is the Snow Petrel. They breed on nunataks (snow free mountain peeks in the ice cap) sometimes far inland (up to 440 km inland) and are one of the three bird species recorded at the South Pole. They use the same colonies over and over again. Recently 37.000 year old crystallised Snow Petrel poo was found at a colony, making it likely the same colony has been in use for at least that period…

 

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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