Antarctic birds

On a trip to Antarctica and its surrounding subantarctic islands, one can see a lot of different species of birds. Penguins, sheathbills, skuas in colonies on land and albatrosses, shearwaters and other petrels at sea (or in a colony as well of course). In this series of blog posts, I’ll give an overview of some of the species we find on those trips. Not meant to replace a good field guide, but just some biological background on the different species you can encounter during a trip to Antarctica (and some subantarctic islands).

In this post, I’ll give you an overview of the species I’ve already covered.



Emperor Penguin
King Penguin
Adélie Penguin
Gentoo Penguin
Chinstrap Penguin
Macaroni Penguin
Southern Rockhopper Penguin
Erect-crested Penguin
Magellanic Penguin

Other Antarctic land birds

Snowy Sheathbill
South Polar Skua
Subantarctic (Brown) Skua
Antarctic Tern
Arctic Tern
Kelp Gull
South Georgia Shag
Antarctic Shag


Northern Giant Petrel
Southern Giant Petrel
Wilson’s Storm-petrel
Black-bellied Storm-petrel
White-bellied Storm-petrel
Grey-backed Storm-petrel
Snow Petrel
Antarctic Petrel
Cape Petrel
Southern Fulmar

Black-browed Albatross
Grey-headed Albatross

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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