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Pelecanoididae

Pelecanoididae (diving petrels; class Aves, order Procellariiformes) A family of stocky, short-necked, short-winged petrels which have short bills and nostrils open at the top. They have a whirring flight, can dive into the sea, and can swim well under water to catch crustaceans. They breed in burrows on sub-Antarctic islands, and are less pelagic than most petrels. There is one genus, Pelecanoides, with four species, found in the southern oceans.

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diving petrels

diving petrels See PELECANOIDIDAE.

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