Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Least Concern

Kermadec Petrel (Pterodroma neglecta)


French: Pétrel des Kermadec German: Kermadecsturmvogel Spanish: Petrel de las Kermadec

Procellaria neglecta


, 1863,

Sunday Island = Raoul Island, Kermadec Group


Apparently hybridizes with P. arminjoniana on Round I (Mauritius), in Indian Ocean#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. n. neglecta (Schlegel, 1863) – S Pacific Ocean, breeding from Lord Howe I, Norfolk Is (Phillip I) and Kermadec Is E to Easter I.
  • P. n. juana Mathews, 1936 – N Pacific Ocean, breeding farther S on Juan Fernández Is and on Desventuradas Is (San Ambrosio and San Félix), off NC Chile.
  • Recently found breeding on Round I (Mauritius), but status in Indian Ocean still unclear#R. Has been reported as breeding also in S Atlantic (Trindade I, Brazil), but this occurrence questioned as no further evidence of presence in Atlantic exists#R#R.

    Descriptive notes

    38–39 cm; 315–590 g; wingspan 92 cm. Medium-sized gadfly petrel with silvery white bases to underside of primaries, and diagnostic white shafts on upper... read more


    Distinctive vocalization is given in both flight and on ground, with an introductory “kek”,... read more


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

    Food and feeding

    Very little known. Squid and crustaceans recorded; the only detailed information, based on 27 stomach samples from mid-sized chicks on... read more


    Season variable, probably depending on locality; apparently separate populations breed in summer and winter in Kermadec Is, where first... read more


    Probably disperses over much of tropical and subtropical Pacific, reaching at least c. 35º S,... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Considered Critically Endangered in Australia, where just two tiny colonies in Lord Howe and Norfolk groups. Total population... read more

    Recommended citation

    Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Kermadec Petrel (Pterodroma neglecta). 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 26 February 2020).