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 Pterodroma macroptera
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2014 Not Recognised
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Antarctica Vagrant Extant        
Argentina Vagrant Extant        
Australia Native Extant        
Bouvet Island (to Norway) Unknown Extant        
Brazil Vagrant Extant        
Chile Vagrant Extant        
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Vagrant Extant        
Fiji Vagrant Extant   Yes    
French Southern Territories Native Extant Yes      
Heard Island and McDonald Islands (to Australia) Unknown Extant        
Mozambique Native Extant        
Namibia Native Extant        
New Zealand Native Extant Yes      
Norfolk Island (to Australia) Unknown Extant        
South Africa Native Extant Yes      
South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands Native Extant        
St Helena (to UK) Native Extant Yes      
USA Vagrant Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Australia Eclipse Island (Albany) site factsheet
French Southern Territories Île de l'Est site factsheet
South Africa Prince Edward Islands Special Nature Reserve site factsheet
St Helena (to UK) Gough Island site factsheet
St Helena (to UK) Tristan Island site factsheet


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Food (human) Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Pterodroma macroptera. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Not Recognised
Family Procellariidae (Petrels, Shearwaters)
Species name author (Smith, 1840)
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species