Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus) - HBW 1, p. 235
French: Fulmar géant
Spanish: Abanto marino Antártico
Other common names: Antarctic Giant Petrel, Giant Fulmar, Stinker
Taxonomy: Procellaria gigantea Gmelin, 1789, Staten Island, off Tierra del Fuego.
Long considered conspecific with sibling M. halli, with which known to have hybridized on occasions; populations of Gough I and Falkland Is in S Atlantic may merit subspecific status. Monotypic.
Distribution: Circumpolar in Southern Ocean, breeding in Antarctica and from S Chile and SC Argentina E through subantarctic islands to Heard I and Macquarie I.
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VideosSee all 78 videos
An adult individual feeding its nestling Locality Royal Bay, South Georgia (Monotypic species)
Gus Yaki 10 February 2000 5 years ago 17 sec 3.9
A group of juveniles feeding near a sewage pipe and one taking off Locality Punta Arenas, Magallanes Region, Chile (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 3 November 2003 8 years ago 28 sec 3.9
An adult bird landing on the sea (50% speed). Locality Grytviken, South Georgia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 12 April 2012 49 weeks ago 26 sec 3.8
An immature bird soaring over the sea(at 50% slow motion). Locality Drake Passage (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 30 March 2012 1 year ago 36 sec 3.8
Resting on the beach after a storm. Locality Punta Indio, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Silvia Vitale 3 January 2009 3 years ago 49 sec 3.8
An adult in flight over the sea (50% speed). Locality Grytviken, South Georgia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 12 April 2012 49 weeks ago 20 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 50 photos
Adult resting on the ground.
Locality Godthul, South Georgia (Monotypic species)
Christophe Gouraud 25 October 2010 2 years ago 3.5
A first year specimen
Locality Drake Passage
Marco Valentini 30 December 2007 13 weeks ago 3.4
Adult bird (white morph) soaring over the ocean.
Locality Atlantic Ocean (Monotypic species)
Jordi Sargatal 19 April 2012 21 weeks ago 3.4
Bird following the ship off South Georgia coast.
Locality South Georgia (Monotypic species)
Christophe Gouraud 22 October 2010 2 years ago 3.4
Bird cruising over the water. Seen from the Punta Arenas - Porvenir ferry.
Locality Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego Province, Magallanes Region, Chile
Miriam Bauman 15 February 2012 1 year ago 3.3
3 juveniles in the harbour
Locality Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina
Luca Boscain 14 October 2012 24 weeks ago 3.2