Daption capense


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Daption capense
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s):
English Cape Petrel, Pintado Petrel, Cape Pigeon
French Damier du Cap

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S., Newton, P., Calvert, R.
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: During breeding season, Cape Petrels feed around Antarctica's shelf and during the winter they range further north, as far as Angola and the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. They breed on many islands of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, some going as far as the Auckland Islands, the Chatham Islands, Campbell Island (New Zealand). Their main breeding grounds were on the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia (Georgias del Sur), the Balleny Islands, the Kerguelen Islands (French Southern Territory), as well as islands in the Scotia Sea (del Hoyo et al. 1992).
Angola (Angola); Antarctica; Argentina; Australia; Bouvet Island; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Ecuador (Galápagos); Falkland Islands (Malvinas); Fiji; French Southern Territories; Heard Island and McDonald Islands; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; New Zealand; Peru; Réunion; Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha; South Africa; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; Uruguay
Cook Islands; France; French Polynesia; Gabon; Gibraltar; Indonesia; Italy; Kenya; Norway; Seychelles; Timor-Leste
Present - origin uncertain:
Madagascar; New Caledonia; Niue; Norfolk Island; Pitcairn; Sri Lanka; Tonga
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Population [top]

Population: Brooke (2004) estimated the global population to exceed 2,000,000 individuals.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The Cape Petrel is marine and pelagic, especially in winter. It occurs mainly over cold waters beyong the continental shelf, but can be found over inshore waters during breeding. Its diet comprises mainly of krill, but also fish, squid, offal, carrion and refuse from ships, acquiring food by hydroplaning, dipping whilst on the wing and occaisionally diving. It has been seen associated with whales and other seabirds, and congregates in large flocks around trawlers. The breeding season starts in November with colonies or variable sizes being formed on cliffs or steep rocky slopes. It nests in shallow crevices, in scrape on rocky ledges, on stable beds of gravel or among boulders (del Hoyo et al. 1992).
Systems: Terrestrial; Marine

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Daption capense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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