Marine Wildlife Encyclopedia
Fairy Prion Pachyptila turtur
A small, oceanic petrel, the fairy prion has a pale body and blue-gray upper wings with a distinct, M-shaped black band. It lives in flocks and feeds at night, using its bill to sieve planktonic animals from the water. The fairy prion breeds on isolated coasts, laying a single egg either in a burrow or in a hollow deep among fallen rocks.