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Photo © by Rodrigo Reyes
Humboldt Current, from Quintero, Chile, May 2007
Procellaria aequinoctialis


50–58 cm (20-23 cm)

  • Blackish overall plumage

Similar Species

There is a thread discussing the identification of White-chinned Petrel and confusion species.[[1]]


Photo © by peterday
Southern Ocean off Tasmania, Australia, November 2021

South Australia, Peru and Namibia; breeds colonially on South Georgia, Prince Edward Islands, Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Islands, Auckland Island, Campbell Island and Antipodes Islands, all islands situated in cold water areas.


This is a monotypic species.
Spectacled Petrel was formerly regarded as subspecies of this species.


Open sea except when breeding.



The diet consists of squid, octopus, crustraceans such as krill and fish.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52560 on 20 March 2020)

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