One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A common petrel of southern oceans, having black plumage with white markings.
- ‘Throughout the voyage, giant petrels, wandering and black-browed albatross and pintado petrels followed the ship, providing me with constant opportunities for flight photos.’
- ‘The distinctively patterned Pintado Petrel is fairly common and the Sooty Shearwater is usually seen.’
Early 17th century: from Portuguese and Spanish pintado ‘guinea fowl’ + petrel.
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