Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Least Concern

Magellanic Diving-petrel (Pelecanoides magellani)


French: Puffinure de Magellan German: Magellan-Lummensturmvogel Spanish: Potoyunco magallánico

Puffinuria garnotii magellani


, 1912,

Strait of Magellan


Closely related to P. garnotii and P. georgicus. Monotypic.


Extreme S tip of S America, breeding off S Chile and Tierra del Fuego.

Descriptive notes

19–22 cm; male 158–163 g, female 145–174 g. Upperparts including upperwing and uppertail black, in fresh plumage is glossier with narrow pale grey feather... read more




Mainly inshore and offshore waters. Breeds on slopes with some vegetation, e.g. Azorella... read more

Food and feeding

Very little known. Diet considered to be mainly invertbrates and small fish. Feeds mainly by diving under water, especially from surface... read more


Scarcely known. Lays Nov–Dec with fledging in Mar. Colonial and strictly nocturnal; nests in burrows, sometimes in close proximity to... read more


Presumably sedentary, with some dispersal over adjacent coastal waters, with movement reported N to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population reportedly large, although no figures available; common breeder on islets off S Chile. Extensive research and census work... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Magellanic Diving-petrel (Pelecanoides magellani). 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).