White-bellied Storm-Petrel - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Fregetta grallaria
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 08 Mar 2018


A small, compact storm-petrel with a square cut tail, white forehead, face and underparts and a broad dark mark through the eye. Upperparts are dark grey. Various colour phases have been observed, including a dark phase, having sooty plumage, with only the rump and belly showing white.


A wide oceanic distribution in the south Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, ranging into tropical waters from various breeding grounds. Known to breed at various island groups including Lord Howe Island.

Habitat and ecology

  • Marine
  • In Australia breeds only on offshore islands in the Lord Howe Island group.
  • Nest consists of a chamber usually located amongst large rocks.
  • Vagrant birds occur in coastal NSW waters, particularly after storm events.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanBatemans Shelf Predicted None
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Predicted None
OceanManning Shelf Predicted None
OceanSouth Pacific Ocean Known None
OceanTweed-Moreton Predicted None
OceanTwofold Shelf Predicted None
Pacific Subtropical IslandsLord Howe Island Known None