Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)


Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata)


French: Pétrel diablotin German: Teufelssturmvogel Spanish: Petrel antillano
Other common names: Capped Petrel

Procellaria hasitata


, 1820,

no locality


In past, sometimes treated as conspecific with P. cahow, but molecular studies indicate that the two are separate species#R#R. Commonly considered conspecific with P. caribbaea (which see). May divide into two taxa, possibly at species level, given differences in morphology, timing of records at sea, and genetics#R#R. Monotypic.


Caribbean Sea and W Atlantic Ocean, breeding in Hispaniola (SW & SE Haiti and SW Dominican Republic, from Massif de la Hotte and Massif de La Selle E to W end of Sierra de Bahoruco)#R, on Dominica and possibly in SE Cuba (Sierra Maestra)#R. May have nested in Martinique and formerly bred commonly in Guadeloupe, where now believed extinct.

Descriptive notes

38–45 cm; male 329–591 g, female 347–545 g; wingspan 98–105 cm. Adult has white forehead and fore superciliary area, blackish grey on crown to upper... read more


Three distinct vocalizations given at colonies: (i) a long, drawn-out, harsh, croaking “aaa-aw, eek... read more


Marine and highly pelagic, rarely approaching land except at colonies. Breeds mostly in mountainous... read more

Food and feeding

Little known, but probably includes mostly squid and fish, and perhaps also medusae, taken mainly by surface seizing or dipping. Sometimes... read more


Generally extends from Oct to Jun (though sometimes arrives on breeding grounds from late Sept), with main courtship period probably late... read more


Disperses over tropical and subtropical waters of Caribbean and Atlantic, ranging from NE Brazil (e... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Total population probably numbers a few thousand breeding pairs, most recently estimated at 5000 mature individuals by BirdLife International; highest density in... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Kirwan, G.M. & Jutglar, F. (2020). Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata). 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 16 February 2020).