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


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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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