Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)


White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis)


French: Puffin à menton blanc German: Weißkinn-Sturmvogel Spanish: Pardela gorjiblanca

Procellaria aequinoctialis


, 1758,

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa


Has been considered to include P. westlandica and P. parkinsoni as races. Usually considered conspecific with P. conspicillata (see below). Monotypic.


Temperate to Antarctic S oceans, breeding from Falkland Is and South Georgia E through S Indian Ocean to Auckland I, Campbell I and Antipodes Is.

Descriptive notes

50–58 cm; 1020–1550 g; wingspan 132–147 cm. Large and bulky, mostly blackish petrel. Almost entirely dark sooty-brown to sooty-black; underside of... read more


Four main vocal types identified by different studies, all given mainly at colonies and only very... read more


Marine and pelagic; prefers offshore waters over continental shelf; frequents zones of convergence... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly cephalopods (Histioteuthis, Kondakovia) with some crustaceans (mainly Euphausia spp. krill); fish and... read more


Mostly starts Oct, although birds start to return to colonies from mid Sept, followed by c. 20-day pre-laying exodus, egg-laying in mid Nov... read more


Disperses widely over Southern Ocean, normally in zone between c. 30° S and 55° S in... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Rapid decline suspected, even from at-sea counts, which declined by > 16% per annum in Prydz Bay, Antarctica, between early 1980s and early 1990s. Total... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis). 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 16 February 2020).