Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)


Collared Petrel (Pterodroma brevipes)


French: Pétrel à collier German: Brustband-Sturmvogel Spanish: Petrel acollarado

Procellaria brevipes


, 1848,

type locality doubtful; probably Samoa Islands


Forms part of assemblage often referred to as subgenus Cookilaria. Often treated as conspecific with P. leucoptera, but differs in slightly paler and less extensive hood (1); broader dark trailing edge of wing (1); lack of paler inner webs of primaries (1); shorter legs (from published figures#R, effect size 2.3; score 2); longer wing (from published figures#R, effect size 2.4; score 2). Newly described form magnificens#R (Banks Is) requires further assessment#R. Provisionally treated as monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.

SW & C Pacific Ocean, confirmed breeding in Vanuatu (Vanua Lava#R and possibly Gaua, in Banks Is#R, Erromango, Tanna and Aneityum) and Fiji (Gau, Kadavu); also (current status unknown) in S Solomon Is (Makira), Western Samoa and Cook Is (Rarotonga), and perhaps in other Polynesian islands#R.

Descriptive notes

30 cm; wingspan 70–71 cm. Rather small grey-and white-gadfly petrel that appears hooded in dorsal view, with dark pattern across upperwings and bold pattern on underwing... read more


Voice of P. brevipes considered to be very similar to that of other forms within the P... read more


Marine and generally pelagic, rarely approaching land except at colonies. Breeds on oceanic islands... read more

Food and feeding

Very little known and most data refer to P. leucoptera as a whole, but apparently mostly squid and other cephalopods (mainly... read more


Poorly known. Starts Feb/Mar in Fiji, S Vanuatu and Cook Is, where young are present in nest between Jun and Sept. Colonial and strictly... read more


Very little known. Thought to be largely sedentary, although some eastward dispersal has been... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened (when lumped with P. leucoptera). Population rather small, with a highly tentative estimate of 20,000 birds in 2004... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Collared Petrel (Pterodroma brevipes). 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 17 March 2018).