English Name Great-winged Petrel
Scientific Name Pterodroma macroptera
German Name Langflügel-Sturmvogel
Spanish Name Petrel Aligrande
French Name Pétrel noir
Great-winged Petrel
Peters Family Name PROCELLARIIDAE:Fulmars,Petrels and Shearwaters Order 81.0
Sibley Monroe Family Name PROCELLARIIDAE(Procellariinae):Petrels,Shearwaters Order 3940.0
Gill Family Name PROCELLARIIDAE:Shearwaters,Petrels,Fulmars Order 146.0
New 2013 Family Name PROCELLARIIDAE,Pterodrominae:Gadfly Petrels Order 90.0
English Synonyms
  • Gray-faced Petrel
  • Long-winged Fulmar
  • Long-winged Petrel
$(ctd): indicating that Lugensa does not belong there.It is certain that the allocation of the species to Pterodroma,as in HBW,1,p.241, is incorrect.
Authority (A.Smith 1840)

Mrine & highly pelagic;widespread but sparsely distributed at sea.Breeds on oceanic islands on ridges,slopes or flat ground,usually below 400m,but up to 1400m at Tristan da Cunha

Breeding "Breeds in winter,starting in April." (HBW,1,p.237)
Disperses widely in subtropical parts of Atlantic, Indian & west Pacific Oceans.,mainly 25°-50°S.Some birds near breeding islands all year round.Occasionally strays into subantarctic and Antarctic zones.