Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)


Peruvian Diving-petrel (Pelecanoides garnotii)


French: Puffinure de Garnot German: Garnot-Lummensturmvogel Spanish: Potoyunco peruano

Puffinuria Garnotii


, 1828,

coast of Peru between San Gallán Island and Lima


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


E Pacific in region of Humboldt Current, breeding on coasts of Peru and Chile mainly between 6° S and 38° S, from Lobos de Tierra Is (Peru) S to Coronel (Chile), occasionally to Corral (39° S) and Ancud (41° S); records from farther S, e.g. Chiloé I (42° S), probably the result of confusion with P. magellani#R#R.

Descriptive notes

20–24 cm; 201–213 g. Upperparts including upperwing and uppertail grey-black (blacker, with bluish gloss when fresh), central row of scapulars partially... read more


Most frequently heard is a frog-like vocalization that consists of four notes, long, long, short,... read more


Pelagic, in cool waters. Breeds on barren offshore islands; some nests at 400 m, but most less than... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly small fish and planktonic crustaceans. Planktonic invertebrates dominate prey, representing 85·3% and 91·1% of items... read more


Laying recorded in most months and has been suggested that species might breed twice per year, with first peak in Dec–Mar. Colonial,... read more


Disperses mainly over adjacent waters of Humboldt Current, perhaps regularly occurring S to 42... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Has declined steadily from millions to probably only a few tens of thousand of pairs based on the most recent information available to BirdLife International. In... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Peruvian Diving-petrel (Pelecanoides garnotii). 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 24 February 2020).