Definition of Cape hen in English:

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Cape hen

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The white-chinned petrel of southern oceans, with mainly dark brown plumage.
  • Procellaria aequinoctialis, family Procellariidae.
Example sentences
  • Above them and about them circled curious and hungry albatrosses, Cape hens, and mollyhawks.
  • We lost a Cape hen that decided to perch on top of the flange on a freezing night.
  • Adult Cape hens often have coral pink colour behind the cere.

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