Great-winged Petrel (species: Pterodroma (Pterodroma) macroptera) in Sydney Marine Life (Gaia Guide)
Pterodroma (Pterodroma) macroptera
Great-winged Petrel

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Procellariidae
Genus Pterodroma
Species Pterodroma (Pterodroma) macroptera
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The bird is completely dark brown except for a variable patch of white near the base of the bill, which is black. The petrel breeds on islands throughout the southern oceans. It is separated from Sooty Shearwater and Short-tailed Shearwater by the all-dark underwing, the thick, stubby bill, and different jizz. Also, the similar Flesh-footed Shearwater has a light, pinkish bill. Petrels in the genus Procellaria are larger and have a less bounding flight. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 41 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 96 cm to 98 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: common

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