Procellariidae – Petrels, Shearwaters

Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) by Bob-Nan

Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) by Bob-Nan

the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalms 8:8-9 ESV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PROCELLARIIFORMES, Family – Procellariidae – Petrels, Shearwaters


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Species (99)

Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus)
Northern Giant Petrel (Macronectes halli)
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)
Southern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialoides)
Antarctic Petrel (Thalassoica antarctica)
Cape Petrel (Daption capense)
Snow Petrel (Pagodroma nivea)
Blue Petrel (Halobaena caerulea)
Broad-billed Prion (Pachyptila vittata)
Salvin’s Prion (Pachyptila salvini)
Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata)
Slender-billed Prion (Pachyptila belcheri)
Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur)
Fulmar Prion (Pachyptila crassirostris)
Kerguelen Petrel (Aphrodroma brevirostris)
Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera)
White-headed Petrel (Pterodroma lessonii)
Grey-faced Petrel (Pterodroma gouldi)
Atlantic Petrel (Pterodroma incerta)
Providence Petrel (Pterodroma solandri)
Magenta Petrel (Pterodroma magentae)
Murphy’s Petrel (Pterodroma ultima)
Soft-plumaged Petrel (Pterodroma mollis)
Zino’s Petrel (Pterodroma madeira)
Fea’s Petrel (Pterodroma feae)
Desertas Petrel (Pterodroma deserta)
Bermuda Petrel (Pterodroma cahow)
Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata)
Jamaican Petrel (Pterodroma caribbaea)
Juan Fernandez Petrel (Pterodroma externa)
Vanuatu Petrel (Pterodroma occulta)
Kermadec Petrel (Pterodroma neglecta)
Herald Petrel (Pterodroma heraldica)
Trindade Petrel (Pterodroma arminjoniana)
Henderson Petrel (Pterodroma atrata)
Phoenix Petrel (Pterodroma alba)
Barau’s Petrel (Pterodroma baraui)
Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis)
Galapagos Petrel (Pterodroma phaeopygia)
Mottled Petrel (Pterodroma inexpectata)
White-necked Petrel (Pterodroma cervicalis)
Black-winged Petrel (Pterodroma nigripennis)
Chatham Petrel (Pterodroma axillaris)
Bonin Petrel (Pterodroma hypoleuca)
Gould’s Petrel (Pterodroma leucoptera)
Collared Petrel (Pterodroma brevipes)
Cook’s Petrel (Pterodroma cookii)
De Filippi’s Petrel (Pterodroma defilippiana)
Stejneger’s Petrel (Pterodroma longirostris)
Pycroft’s Petrel (Pterodroma pycrofti)
Mascarene Petrel (Pseudobulweria aterrima)
St. Helena Petrel (Pseudobulweria rupinarum)
Tahiti Petrel (Pseudobulweria rostrata)
Beck’s Petrel (Pseudobulweria becki)
Fiji Petrel (Pseudobulweria macgillivrayi)
Grey Petrel (Procellaria cinerea)
White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis)
Spectacled Petrel (Procellaria conspicillata)
Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni)
Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica)
Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas)
Scopoli’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea)
Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris borealis)
Cape Verde Shearwater (Calonectris edwardsii)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica)
Buller’s Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri)
Sooty Shearwater (Ardenna grisea)
Short-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna tenuirostris)
Pink-footed Shearwater (Ardenna creatopus)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (Ardenna carneipes)
Great Shearwater (Ardenna gravis)
Christmas Shearwater (Puffinus nativitatis)
Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus)
Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan)
Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus)
Bryan’s Shearwater (Puffinus bryani)
Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas)
Townsend’s Shearwater (Puffinus auricularis)
Newell’s Shearwater (Puffinus newelli)
Rapa Shearwater (Puffinus myrtae)
Fluttering Shearwater (Puffinus gavia)
Hutton’s Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni)
Audubon’s Shearwater (Puffinus lherminieri)
Persian Shearwater (Puffinus persicus)
Tropical Shearwater (Puffinus bailloni)
Galapagos Shearwater (Puffinus subalaris)
Bannerman’s Shearwater (Puffinus bannermani)
Heinroth’s Shearwater (Puffinus heinrothi)
Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis)
Subantarctic Shearwater (Puffinus elegans)
Barolo Shearwater (Puffinus baroli)
Boyd’s Shearwater (Puffinus boydi)
Peruvian Diving Petrel (Pelecanoides garnotii)
Magellanic Diving Petrel (Pelecanoides magellani)
South Georgia Diving Petrel (Pelecanoides georgicus)
Common Diving Petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix)
Bulwer’s Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii)
Olson’s Petrel (Bulweria bifax)
Jouanin’s Petrel (Bulweria fallax)

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Tahiti Petrel (Pterodroma rostrata) – by Keith Blomerley


The family Procellariidae is a group of seabirds that comprises the fulmarine petrels, the gadfly petrels, the prions, and the shearwaters. This family is part of the bird order Procellariiformes (or tubenoses), which also includes the albatrosses, the storm-petrels, and the diving petrels.

The procellariids are the most numerous family of tubenoses, and the most diverse. They range in size from the giant petrels, which are almost as large as the albatrosses, to the prions, which are as small as the larger storm-petrels. They feed on fish, squid and crustacea, with many also taking fisheries discards and carrion. All species are accomplished long-distance foragers, and many undertake long trans-equatorial migrations. They are colonial breeders, exhibiting long-term mate fidelity and site philopatry. In all species, each pair lays a single egg per breeding season. Their incubation times and chick-rearing periods are exceptionally long compared to other birds. (Wikipedia)

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