Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Near Threatened

Grey Petrel (Procellaria cinerea)


French: Puffin gris German: Grausturmvogel Spanish: Pardela gris

Procellaria cinerea

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

within the Antarctic Circle = New Zealand seas, latitude 48° S


Formerly isolated in monospecific genus Adamastor. Monotypic.


Temperate to subantarctic S oceans, breeding from Tristan da Cunha and Gough I E through S Indian Ocean to Campbell I and Antipodes Is.

Descriptive notes

48–50 cm; 760–1520 g; wingspan 115–130 cm. Grey head with pale bill and whitish abdomen, often appears chunky with relatively narrow wings. Head dark... read more


Rarely calls by day and only occasionally in flight, principally vocalizing from ground and within... read more


Marine and pelagic, occurring mainly in cold waters. Breeds on subantarctic islands, occupying... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly squid and fish, with some crustaceans, fish offal and galley refuse. Most detailed study is from Kerguelen archipelago, based on 30... read more


Breeds in winter, starting Feb/Mar, with return to colonies c. 45 days prior to laying, which generally occurs late Mar/early Apr, followed... read more


Research suggests that females breeding on Antipodes Is may travel up to 1460 km N from colony... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened globally, but tiny Australian population (breeding on Macquarie I) listed as Endangered and is treated as At... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Grey Petrel (Procellaria cinerea). 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 30 March 2020).