Parkinson’s Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni)

Order: Procellariformes | Family: Procellariidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown| Loc. Coast of Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of New Zealand

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of New Zealand

Identification & Behavior: ~46.5 cm (18.3 in). The Parkinson’s Petrel is uniformly blackish-brown with a light yellowish bill that has a black tip. The flight feathers have white shafts giving the impression of having whitish underwing and upper wing. It forages in pelagic water. It is very similar to the Westland Petrel but is distinguished by smaller size, a slender bill, and white shafts on the flight feathers. The also similar Sooty Shearwater has pale underwing.

Status: The Parkinson’s Petrel is known to occur in pelagic waters in the northern half of Peru. It also occurs in Ec.

Name in Spanish: Petrel de Parkinson.

Sub-species: Parkinson’s Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni), G. R. Gray, 1862.

Meaning of Name: Procellaria: Mod. L. procella= storm, gale, procellarius= of the storm.
parkinsoni: In honor of Sydney Parkinson (1745-1771) English artist, collector, explorer.

See more of the Family Procellariidae  peru aves

Distribution Mapparkinson's petrel
Generally silent at sea.


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2017.