Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

UPDATED. Northern Giant Petrels in Peruvian waters


Northern Giant Petrel by Maureen Bennetts; acrylic on canvas, from a photograph by Laurie Smaglick Johnson 

Javier Quinones ((Oficina de Investigaciones en Depredadores Superiores, Instituto del Mar del Peru, Callao, Peru) and colleagues have published in the journal Notornis on at-sea occurrence of Northern Giant Petrels Macronectes halli (Least Concern) off Peru.  Their short note concludes that the provided information demonstrates the importance of the Northern Humboldt Current for juvenile Northern Giant Petrels during their wintering season.

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Sightings of juvenile Northern Giant Petrels in Perúvian waters (from the publication)

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Juvenile Northern Giant Petrels flying and feeding in pelagic oceanic waters off Atico (~16°S) in southern Perú (from the publication)


Quinones, J., Romero, C. & Zavalaga, C. 2021.  Vessel survey observations confirm wintering dispersion of northern giant-petrel (Macronectes halli) juveniles in southern-central Perú; what is their origin?  Notornis 68: 76-85.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 18 April 2021, updated 19 April 2021