Kōrero: Petrels

Tube noses

Tube noses

All petrels have prominent tube-shaped nostrils. These are either on the sides of their bill (albatrosses) or on the top (all the other petrels). Northern giant petrels have particularly long tubes. Most petrels have a well-developed sense of smell, which helps them find food and their nesting place. The tubes also drain away excess salt, which is excreted from a gland above the eyes.

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Department of Conservation
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Photograph by Tui De Roy

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Petrels - Petrels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/8569/tube-noses (accessed 11 December 2023)

He kōrero nā Kerry-Jayne Wilson, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015