Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)


Pycroft's Petrel (Pterodroma pycrofti)


French: Pétrel de Pycroft German: Pycroftsturmvogel Spanish: Petrel de Pycroft

Pterodroma pycrofti


, 1933,

Taranga, Hen Island, New Zealand


Forms part of assemblage referred to as subgenus Cookilaria. Was for long considered a subspecies of P. longirostris. May be closely related also to P. leucoptera and possibly also P. hypoleuca. Monotypic.


N, C & SW Pacific Ocean, breeding on islands off NE North I, New Zealand.

Descriptive notes

26–28 cm; 112–201 g; wingspan 53 cm. Small grey-and-white gadfly petrel with distinct dark M across upperwings and mostly white underwings. Feathers of... read more


Seven different vocalizations described, two given in flight and five from ground, with c. 70% of... read more


Marine and probably pelagic. Breeds on offshore islands, occupying coastal slopes, cliffs and... read more

Food and feeding

Very little known; small cephalopods recorded.


Starts Nov, with first arrival at colony during Oct, c. 38 days prior to egg-laying (including pre-laying exodus of c. 14 days), which... read more


Very little known. Absent from colonies Apr–Oct; apparently migrates to N Pacific, especially... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered to be Endangered and formerly bred on Norfolk and Lord Howe Is. Breeds on 11 islands off North I, New Zealand, including Ririwha (Stephenson... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Pycroft's Petrel (Pterodroma pycrofti). 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 25 February 2020).