One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A prion (seabird) (so called because often found in the vicinity of whales or whaling vessels).
- ‘The Korotangi bird at first glance resembled a prion or whalebird, until it was noted that instead of having a united nasal tube, the Korotangi had lateral nostrils at the base of the beak, rather like a ducks.’
- ‘They have also been observed feeding on bits of skin from living a dead whales which earned them the nickname of whalebird.’
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