Order Procellariiformes

Family Procellariidae

Petrels, Shearwaters
Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family now contains species that were formerly considered to comprise the family Diving-petrels (Pelecanoididae). See link for information on this group.
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Vertical Tabs

  • Medium-sized to large seabirds with compact build, long, narrow wings and "tubenose".
  • Cosmopolitan, in all oceans; greatest diversity in Southern Hemisphere.
  • Marine and pelagic.
  • 25-99 cm.
  • 16 genera, 95 species, 120 taxa.
  • 42 species threatened;
    1 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Bonan, A. (2019). Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae). 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/52194 on 11 December 2019).