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Fairy prion

Titi wainui | Pachyptila turtur

Has a characteristic M-shaped marking across its wings, and a white and blue-grey body

Often seen around coastal areas and oceans in the South Pacific

Feeds on krill

Breeds in burrows on offshore islands around New Zealand and beyond, October to February

IUCN Red List Least concern

Prions (pry-ons) are a race of small petrels and fairy prions are the smallest prions - about the size of a dove. They are also one of New Zealand's most abundant petrels, and around half of all fairy prions live around New Zealand.

Stephens Island in the Marlborough Sounds is home to tens of thousands of fairy prions. Their nest burrows here are also used by tuatara, and the eggs and chicks are often predated by the reptiles.

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Fairy prion

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Titi wainui | Pachyptila turtur

Has a characteristic M-shaped marking across its wings, and a white and blue-grey body

Often seen around coastal areas and oceans in the South Pacific

Feeds on krill

Breeds in burrows on offshore islands around New Zealand and beyond, October to February

IUCN Red List Least concern

Prions (pry-ons) are a race of small petrels and fairy prions are the smallest prions - about the size of a dove. They are also one of New Zealand's most abundant petrels, and around half of all fairy prions live around New Zealand.

Stephens Island in the Marlborough Sounds is home to tens of thousands of fairy prions. Their nest burrows here are also used by tuatara, and the eggs and chicks are often predated by the reptiles.