This order comprises four families:

  • Procellariidae (petrels, shearwaters)
  • Hydrobatidae (northern storm petrels)
  • Oceanitidae (southern storm petrels)
  • Diomedeidae (albatrosses)

Genus-level phylogeny of extant Procellariiformes according to the results of Ferrer-Obiol et al. (2021), with the distribution of each family being indicated by the colour-code used throughout this website (see Distribution code). 


Ferrer-Obiol J, James HF, Chesser RT, Bretagnolle V, Gonzalez-Solis J, Rozas J, Riutort M, and Welch AJ (2021), Integrating sequence capture and restriction site-associated DNA sequencing to resolve recent radiations of pelagic seabirds, Sys. Biol. syaa101. (pdf)