Petrels and shearwaters Home > About Antarctica > Animals > Flying birds > Petrels and shearwaters Antarctic petrel Antarctic petrels are often seen sitting on the ridges of icebergs. Flocks can have thousands of birds. Cape petrel Cape petrels have distinctive black-and-white patterned feathers. Common diving petrel Common diving petrels have been recorded from waters ranging from the subtropics to the sub-Antarctic. Northern giant petrel Northern giant petrels are regular visitors to southern Australian waters. They breed on sub-Antarctic islands. Southern giant petrel Southern giant petrels breed on the Antarctic continent, Antarctic Peninsula and on sub-Antarctic islands. Snow petrel Snow petrel nest on cliffs. Flocks are often seen sitting on icebergs. South Georgian diving petrel South Georgian diving petrels feed mainly on marine crustaceans with some small fish and cephalopods. Wilsons storm petrel Wilson’s storm petrel are numerous and wide ranging. They migrate from their Antarctic breeding grounds to north of the… Short-tailed shearwater Short-tailed shearwaters can fly up to 40 knots, and reach their Antarctic feeding grounds in 3–4 days from Tasmania. Antarctic prion Antarctic prion are the largest of the prion, with a wing span of 17–20cm. This content was last updated 6 years ago on 28 September 2015.