The Cape Dove, or Cape Pigeon, or Cape Petrel, or Cape Fulmar, is a seabird of the Cape Petrel genus of the petrel family of the petrel order, common in the southern hemisphere. The only member of the genus Daption. Breeds on Antarctic coast and subantarctic islands such as Kerguelen, Heard and New Zealand.
The total weight ranges from 250 to 300 g with a size of about 36 cm and a wingspan of about 89 cm. Thus, the Cape Dove is more of a petrel. Its wings are wide, and its tail is short and rounded. On the upper side of the wings of the Cape Dove, there is a black and white pattern with two large white spots on each wing. The head, chin, sides of the neck and back are painted black.
Cape Doves can often be seen as flocks of ships sailing the southern oceans. During the southern winter, it often follows the cold Peruvian Current off the west coast of South America and the Benguela Current off the west coast of Africa in search of krill. Carrion also belongs to the food of the Cape Dove.
Chicks hatch after 40-50 days and reach sexual maturity at the age of three years. However, it is usually six years before the first successful nesting. Cape pigeons have a lifespan of 18 years.