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Pelagic Seabirds

Pelagic Charadriiformes

Pelagic Charadriiformes are a group of shorebirds that includes seabirds, gulls, terns, skuas, and auks(puffins). These birds are adapted to a wide range of habitats and are found in all oceans of the world. They are highly mobile and often feed on fish, squid, and crustaceans. These birds have long, pointed wings and many of the species migrate long distances. The most iconic species of Pelagic Charadriiformes are the albatrosses, which have the longest wingspan of any bird in the world.

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Western Gull Clickable
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Great Skua Clickable
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Pelagic Charadriiformes are a diverse group of birds, ranging in size from the small Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) to the large Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans). Most species are relatively large, with long pointed wings and short tails. The plumage of these birds is usually dark on top and lighter on the undersides, although some species have more colorful patterns. These birds are highly adapted for flight, and many of the species can stay in the air for extended periods of time.

Pelagic seabirds are found in marine environments, including open oceans, coastal areas, and coral reefs. They are found in the tropical and subtropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

Most species feed on fish, squid, and crustaceans that they catch while flying. Some species also feed on carrion, garbage, and other small animals. 

Pelagic seabirds are social animals and can often be found in large groups. They use their strong wings and webbed feet to fly and swim, and some species are able to dive to great depths in search of food. They are also known for their elaborate courtship displays.

Pelagic Charadriiformes are a large group of shorebirds that includes seabirds, gulls, terns, skuas, and auks. All of these birds belong to the taxonomic order Charadriiformes, which is further divided into several families. The most iconic family is the Laridae, which includes gulls and terns, while the Alcidae family includes auks and puffins. The family Stercorariidae includes skuas, while the family Stercorariidae includes jaegers.