Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

The Spectacled Petrel reaches Argentinian waters

Juan Pablo Seco Pon (Grupo Vertebrados. Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina) and William Stein report in the Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia on the second photographically documented record of the ACAP-listed Spectacled Petrel  Procellaria conspicillata in Argentinian waters.

The paper’s abstract follows:

“The Spectacled Petrel Procellaria conspicillata is endemic to Inaccessible Island, in the Tristan da Cunha group (central South Atlantic).  The species is considered an occasional visitor to Argentina and there are few records of the species in national waters.  On 13 February 2014, two birds were observed (and photographed) 89 nautical miles southeast off Buenos Aires Province at 38°55'S, 56°00'W.  This record represents the second documented record of Spectacled Petrel for Argentina.”


Spectacled Petrel, photograph by Ross Wanless


Seco Pon, J.P. & Stein III, W. 2015.  A second documented record of Spectacled Petrel Procellaria conspicillata in Argentine waters.  Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia 23: 29-30.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 21 June 2015