English Name Southern Giant Petrel
Scientific Name Macronectes giganteus
German Name Riesensturmvogel
Spanish Name Abanto-marino Antártico
French Name Pétrel géant
Southern Giant Petrel
Peters Family Name PROCELLARIIDAE:Fulmars,Petrels and Shearwaters Order 74.0
Sibley Monroe Family Name PROCELLARIIDAE(Procellariinae):Petrels,Shearwaters Order 3908.0
Gill Family Name PROCELLARIIDAE:Shearwaters,Petrels,Fulmars Order 114.0
New 2013 Family Name PROCELLARIIDAE,Fulmarinae:Fulmars Order 82.0
English Synonyms
  • Antarctic Giant Fulmar
  • Antarctic Giant-Petrel
  • Giant Fulmar
  • Stinker
$Phoebotria palpebrata Lowe & Kinnear,1930,British Antarctic ("Terra Nova") Expedition,1910:natural history report,Zoology,4,p.180.
Authority (J.F.Gmelin 1789)
Habitat  Marine,ranging from coastal to pelagic waters.Occurs south into regions of pack ice and north into subtropical zone.Breeds on open costal plateaux,also headlands,often in exposed position.Feeds along coast most of year.
Breeding "Starts Oct."(HBW,1,p.235)
Adults probably move little,dispersing only to adjacent waters and generally keeping further south than M.halli.Juveniles may follow prevailing winds east around Southern Ocean.Immatures move further north than adults,typically reaching tropics and following cold water currents off South America and West Africa.Only definite record from Northern Hemisphere 1 bird off Ushant,France in November 1967.Giant Petrel at Midway Atoll, 1959,1961 and 1962.