Zino's Petrel

Pterodroma madeira (Matthews, 1934) ZINPE 263
Family: Procellariiformes > Procellariidae

Zino's Petrel breeds on Madeira and is Europe's rarest seabird. It is an exceptionally rare visitor to British and Irish waters.

The group of Pterodroma petrels to which Zino's Petrel belongs present a serious identification challenge for birders, but tracking studies have revealed that several of the different species enter our waters.

The addition of Zino's Petrel to the British List came in 2020, when one was watched and photographed just a few kilometres south of Bishop Rock Lighthouse, Isles of Scilly.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1 record observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1 record


1 record observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1 record



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Zino's Petrel, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: Petrell de Madeira
Czech: buřňák madeirský
Danish: Madeirapetrel
Dutch: Freira
French: Pétrel de Madère
German: Madeirasturmvogel
Italian: Petrello di Madeira
Lithuanian: Madeirinis audrašauklis
Norwegian: madeirapetrell
Polish: petrel maderski
Slovak: tajfúnnik madeirský
Spanish: Petrel freira
Swedish: madeirapetrell

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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