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Snowy Sheathbill

Chionis alba
The Snowy Sheathbill is to be found on the subantartic islands, although despite having small wings it is commonly encountered far out to sea in the high southern latitudes.

Snowy Sheathbills grow to a body length of around 40 centimetres and to a wing span of about 80 centimetres. They are easily recognizable by their relatively small wings and all white plumage.

The bird is a scavenger that lives mostly by stealing food from nesting birds, although they also hunt for small fish and squid at sea. They breed yearly in the southern summer months, raising one or two chicks.


Created: 23 March 2004

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000394

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