White-chinned Petrel

Procellaria aequinoctialis

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

WCPE

Code 6

PROAEQ

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable

The White-chinned Petrel is a large, tube-nosed seabird that breeds on several islands in the southern, subarctic oceans. After breeding, they wander throughout the southern oceans. This species forages on squid and other small marine creatures by shallow diving and picking them from the surface of the water. The White-chinned Petrel is threatened by longline fishing, pollution, and potentially threatened by introduced predators on their breeding grounds. It has been given a conservation rating of Vulnerable.

SUMMARY

Overview

White-chinned Petrel: Medium to large seabird with overall black or dark brown plumage. It has a chalky white bill, black legs and feet, and a medium length tail. It often shows a silvery patch on the base of the primaries of its long wings. Flight is powerful with slow wing beats and long glides.

 

Range and Habitat

White-chinned Petrel: Breeds in moorlands on several sub-Antarctic islands. After breeding, these birds disperse over a very large area in the southern oceans and also range north to southwestern Africa and western South America on cold ocean currents. Occurs as a rare vagrant to the North American Pacific Ocean.

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White-chinned Petrel SONGS AND CALLS

White-chinned Petrel A1

Wheezy calls given by a single bird.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"tink, tink, tink"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Sailors have also referred to this species as the "shoemaker" on account of their courtship vocalizations that sound like a small steel hammer tapping on an anvil.
  • It frequently follows fishing boats to eat offal and discarded fish.
  • It is believed to avoid competition with other seabirds by foraging over huge distances during the non breeding season.
  • A group of petrels are collectively known as a "gallon" and a "tank" of petrels.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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