Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Least Concern

Antarctic Petrel (Thalassoica antarctica)


French: Pétrel antarctique German: Antarktiksturmvogel Spanish: Petrel antártico

Procellaria antarctica

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

within the Antarctic Circle between latitudes 36° S and 61° S




Southern Ocean, breeding in Antarctica and on surrounding islands.

Descriptive notes

40–46 cm; 510–765 g; wingspan 100–110 cm. Unmistakable pattern on upperparts in flight. Characteristic and contrasting dark and white pattern, both in... read more


Mostly silent at sea. Antagonistic and sexual displays at nest-site are accompanied by a “kook-kook... read more


Marine; prefers open waters in vicinity of pack ice, especially in areas with icebergs; style of... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly krill (Euphausia superba); also fish (Pleuragramma antarcticum), squid (Gonatus antarcticus), crustacea... read more


Starts Nov, following main return to colony in Oct and complete pre-laying exodus from late Oct until third week of Nov; highly... read more


Little known; dispersive within normal extent of floating ice, rarely straying far; could be... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Thirty-five breeding colonies known, of which largest-known colony is that at Svarthamen, Dronning Maud Land, where between 55,000... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Antarctic Petrel (Thalassoica antarctica). 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 on 7 April 2020).