Antarctica's only native "land" bird makes a living stealing from penguins
Our Expert Says… "Although often seen as a land bird, that's just an honorary title! It's very much ancestrally a seabird in the same way that gulls are. These are very curious and very forward birds, even landing on the side of Zodiacs and kayaks - or indeed on people's heads! Unfortunately, they produce copious quantities of guano and seem to like 'emptying the tanks' very frequently, so you might want to discourage any from perching too close!"
The snowy sheathbill is the only native Antarctic land bird and can be found in Antarctica, South Georgia, and the South Orkney Islands.
Pictures of Snowy Sheathbill
Highlights where the Snowy Sheathbill can be seen
Baily Head on Deception Island
Danco Island, Errera Channel
Port Charcot, Booth Island
Devil Island, Vega Island
D’Hainaut Island, Mikkelsen Harbour, Trinity Island
Georges Point, Rongé Island
Half Moon Island
Our trips to spot the Snowy Sheathbill