Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)


Spectacled Petrel (Procellaria conspicillata)


French: Puffin à lunettes German: Brillensturmvogel Spanish: Pardela de anteojos

Procellaria conspicillata


, 1844,

Atlantic and Pacific Oceans


Usually considered conspecific with P. aequinoctialis, but differs in its broad white line from lores over mid-crown, and broad (usually unbroken) white line running back from chin to lower and rear edge of ear-coverts, so that the two features appear like goggles or a harness, and possibly less white on chin (3); shorter wing (based on effect size derived from published data#R: score 1); rattle-call characteristics involving frequency (based on published data#R: effect size 2) and call rate (effect size 1) (3). Monotypic.


S Atlantic Ocean, breeding on Inaccessible I (Tristan da Cunha).

Descriptive notes

55 cm; 1010–1315 g. Large and bulky, mostly blackish petrel with striking white, but individually variable head pattern, involving width and distinctness of bands. Almost... read more


Two main vocal types identified by different studies, all given mainly at colonies and apparently... read more


Marine and pelagic; generally associated with deeper and warmer waters than P. aequinoctialis... read more

Food and feeding

Few, if any known, differences from P. aequinoctialis, feeding mainly on squid, decapod crustacean and fish, as well as offal... read more


Mostly starts in second half of Oct to early Nov (up to five weeks earlier than P. aequinoctialis), with hatching in Dec and... read more


Disperses widely over S Atlantic, where possibly more widespread in past (e.g. reported in large... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Was briefly treated as Critically Endangered. Confined, in present-day at least, as a breeder to island of Inaccessible, in Tristan a Cunha group; although birds... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Spectacled Petrel (Procellaria conspicillata). 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 19 February 2020).