Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Books and monographs published on albatrosses and petrels UPDATED



A list of books and monographs published since 1951 on the biology and conservation of albatrosses and petrels follows.

Note that books such as field guides and hand books with a greater taxonomic coverage than members of the Order Procellariiformes are not included.

Conference proceedings, workshop reports, bycatch mitigation manuals and conservation and related plans dealing with procellariiforms are listed elsewhere within the Resources Section of this web site.

For a list of children’s books on albatrosses and petrels click here.

Beck, J.R & Brown,  D.W. 1972.  The Biology of Wilson's Storm Petrel, Oceanites oceanicus (Kuhl) at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands.  British Antarctic Survey Scientific Reports No. 69.  54 pp.

Bell, Elizabeth A., Sim, Joanna L. & Scofield, P. 2007.  Demographic Parameters of the Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni). DOC  Research & Development Series No. 273.  Wellington: Department of Conservation.  32 pp.  ISBN 978-0-478-14225-9.

BirdLife International 2004.  Tracking Ocean Wanderers: the Global Distribution of Albatrosses and Petrels.  Results from the Global Procellariiform Tracking Workshop, 1-5 September, 2003, Gordon’s Bay, South Africa.  Cambridge: BirdLife International.  100 pp.  ISBN 0-946888-55-8.

Brooke. Michael  1990.  The Manx Shearwater.  London: Academic Press.  246 pp.  ISBN 0-85661-057-7.

Brooke, Michael 2004.  Albatrosses and Petrels Across the World.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.  499 pp.  ISBN 0 19 850125 0. 

Conroy, J.W.H. 1972.  Ecological Aspects of the Biology of the Giant Petrel, Macronectes giganteus (Gmelin) in the Maritime Antarctic. British Antarctic Survey Scientific Reports No. 75.  74 pp + 8 plates. 


De Roy, Tui, Jones, Mark & Fitter, Julian 2008.  Albatross. Their World, their Ways.  London: Christopher Helm.  240 pp.  ISBN 978-0-7136-8812-2.


Fisher, James 1952 (1984).  The Fulmar.  London: Collins. 496 pp.  ISBN 0 00 219065 6.


Fisher, Mildred L. 1970.  The Albatross of Midway Island.  A Natural History of the Laysan Albatross.  Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.  161 pp.  ISSN 0-8093-0426-0.


Gales, Rosemary 1993.  Co-operative Mechanisms for the Conservation of Albatross.  [Hobart]: Australian Nature Conservation Agency.  132 pp.  ISBN 0 642 19745 8.


Harper, Peter C. & Kinsky, F.C. 1974.  Southern Albatrosses and Petrels.  An Identification Guide.  Wellington: Price Milburn & Co. for Victoria University Press.  116 pp.  ISBN 0-7055-0667-3.


Jameson, William 1958.  The Wandering Albatross.  London: Rupert Hart-Davis.  99 pp.


Lindsey, Terence 2008.  Albatrosses.  (Australian Natural History Series).  Collingword: CSIRO Publishing.  139 pp.  ISBN 9780643094215.


Matthews, L. Harrison 1951.  Wandering Albatross.  Adventures among the Albatrosses and Petrels in the Southern Ocean.  London: Macgibbon & Kee with Reinhardt & Evans.  134 pp.


Moore, Peter J. 2004.  Abundance and Population Trends of Mollymawks on Campbell Island.  Science for Conservation No. 242.  Wellington: Department of Conservation.  62 pp.  ISBN 0-478-22570-9.



Onley, Derek & Scofield, Paul 2007.  Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World. London: Christopher Helm.  240 pp.  ISBN 979-0-71236-4332-9.


Robb, Magnus, Mullarney & The Sound Approach 2008.  Petrels Night & Day: a Sound Approach Guide. Poole, Uk: The Sound Approach to Birding.  24 pp + 2 CDs.  ISBN 978-90-810933-2-3.

Robertson, Graham & Gales, Rosemary (Eds) 1998.  Albatross Biology and Conservation.  Chipping Norton: Surrey Beatty & Sons.  300 pp.  ISBN 0 949324 82 5.

Safina, Carl 2002.  Eye of the Albatross.  Visions of Hope and Survival.  New York: Holt and Company.  377 pp.  ISBN 0-8050-6228-9. Tickell, W.L.N. 2000.  Albatrosses. Mountfield: Pica Press.  448 pp.  ISBN 1-873403-94-1.

Terauds, Aleks & Stewart, Fiona 2005.  Albatross.  Elusive Mariners of the Southern Ocean.  Sydney: Reed New Holland. 175 pp.  ISBN 1 877069 26 4.

*Tickell, W.L.N. 1962.  The Dove Prion, Pachyptila desolata Gmelin.  Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey Scientific Reports No. 33.  55 pp. + 8 plates.

Tickell, W.L.N. 2000. Albatrosses.  Mountfield: Pica Press. 448 pp.  ISBN 1-873403-94-1.

Warham, John 1990.  The Petrels their Ecology and Breeding Systems.  London: Academic Press.  440 pp.  ISBN 0-12-735420-4.

Warham, John 1997.  The Behaviour, Population Biology and Physiology of the Petrels.  London: Academic Press.  613.  ISBN 0-12-735-4158.


 *A dispute exists between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (Islas Georgias del Sur y Islas Sandwich del Sur) and the surrounding maritime areas.


 John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer.  Posted 25 November 2008, updated 25 January 2009