Chionidae - sheathbills
Sheathbills are entirely white, have short wings and a horny sheath that covers the upper part of their thick, conical bills. They are the only birds found in Antarctica that have non-webbed feet, which makes them not suited for life on the water like other bird species found in the Antarctic.
Sheathbills spend most of their time walking around on the ground looking for food. They usually only fly when they are startled or threatened or when they are migrating.
Sheathbills scavenge for food and eat carrion and penguin eggs. Their breeding season is at the same tome as the penguin breeding season. They nest near penguins and breeding pairs will often work together to distract nesing penguins so they can steal their eggs or chicks.
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Key: Profile Photos Video AudioSnowy Sheathbill - Chionis albus
The snowy sheathbill has a horny sheath that partly covers its nostrils.
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