SOUTHERN GIANT PETREL

(Macronectes giganteus)

Also known as Antarctic Giant Petrel (C) or Giant Petrel (H)

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Roberts VI / VII 17 / 500
Clements 2000 11.0010
Howard & Moore 2
(CBOS 5)
11-1

 

The size of the smaller albatrosses (85 cm to 100 cm) found in the southern oceans. It breeds on many islands including Prince Edward and Marion Islands. A non breeding visitor to SA waters, it lives off carrion and seabird chicks during the summer and fish otherwise. Not much attracted to trawlers.

 

List of Stamps showing Southern Giant Petrel

Country

SG

Michel

Year

Value

Argentine 1687i   1980 500p
Argentine 1986   1986 10c
British Antarctic Territories MS 399(a)   2005 50p
British Antarctic Territories MS 399 (b)   2005 50p
British Antarctic Territories MS 399 (c)   2005 50p
British Antarctic Territories MS 399 (d)   2005 50p
British Antarctic Territories MS 399 (e)   2005 50p
British Antarctic Territories MS 399 (f)   2005 50p
French Southern & Antarctic Territories 0209   1986 1f70
Maldive Islands 4092   2007 Rf10
South Georgia &
 South Sandwich Islands
0173 0162 1987 50p
St Helena 0646 0613 1993 2
Tanzania     1999 250s
Tristan da Cunha   0664    2000 50p
Tristan da Cunha 0839   2005 20p

Note Tristan da Cunha SG 222 is incorrectly identified on the stamp as Macronectes giganteus (Southern Giant Petrel).   The illustration is of a Northern Giant Petrel