Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Least Concern

Antarctic Petrel (Thalassoica antarctica)


Taxonomy

French: Pétrel antarctique German: Antarktiksturmvogel Spanish: Petrel antártico
Taxonomy:

Procellaria antarctica

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

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

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52516 on 19 October 2018).