|Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli
Chilean name: Petrel gigante subantártico
The Northern Giant Petrel breeds on various
islands in the southern seas bordering the Antarctic but the juveniles in
particular disperse widely throughout the southern oceans.
|It is very similar to the Southern Giant Petrel M. giganteus and both species are found in the seas off Chile with the Northern generally found further south than the Southern despite their English names. Northern is also rarer than Southern and the species are very similar. The most noticeable difference is the bill where the Northern has a reddish tip to the otherwise yellow bill while the Southern has a pale green tip to its bill.|
|It is distinguished from the albatrosses by its
shorter, narrower wings, its hump-backed look and its huge bill.