Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Least Concern

Kerguelen Petrel (Aphrodroma brevirostris)


French: Pétrel des Kerguelen German: Kerguelensturmvogel Spanish: Petrel de las Kerguelen

Procellaria brevirostris


, 1831,

no locality; type from Cape of Good Hope, South Africa


Sometimes included in genus Pterodroma. Recent genetic data support treatment in separate genus, and also indicate that it is closer to Puffinus group than to Pterodroma#R; this view countered by other workers, who reinterpret same data in different way#R. Monotypic.


Southern Ocean, breeding on Gough I and at Prince Edward Is (Marion I), Crozet Is and Kerguelen Is. May breed also at Tristan da Cunha I#R#R.

Descriptive notes

33–36 cm; 255–451 g; wingspan 80–82 cm. Rather uniform, relatively stocky grey bird with large head and small bill, thus wings can look relatively... read more


Considered to be generally rather quiet. Main call is a wheezy “che-che-chay” given mainly in... read more


Marine and highly pelagic, occurring mainly in cold waters. Breeds near sea on marshy ground; also... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly squid (Gonatus antarcticus) up to 203 g in size; also krill (Euphausia superba) and fish, with cephalopods (... read more


Starts Aug, although some birds to return to colony as early as Apr, pre-laying exodus in Sept (lasting c. 4 weeks), with egg-laying in Oct... read more


Frequents subantarctic and Antarctic waters S to pack ice year-round, with birds on Crozets, for... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant throughout range; total population probably numbers several hundred thousand (and perhaps as many as one million) birds, of... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Kerguelen Petrel (Aphrodroma brevirostris). 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 18 March 2018).