One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small stocky seabird resembling an auk, with black upper parts and white underparts. It frequents southern oceans.
Family Pelecanoididae and genus Pelecanoides: four species, in particular the common (or northern) diving petrel (P. urinatrix)
- ‘Morphologically, the diving petrels resemble northern auks much more than they resemble other procellariiform birds.’
- ‘Albatross, cape pigeons, diving petrels, monymawks, mottled petrels, and sooty shearwaters all took their turns skimming our bow wave for fish.’
- ‘As expected groups such as the albatrosses, diving petrels, gadfly petrels, prions, and shearwaters were all monophyletic.’
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