Hydrobatidae – Storm Petrels

Fork-tailed Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) ©USFWS

Fork-tailed Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) ©USFWS

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. (Psalms 8:8 KJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PROCELLARIIFORMES, Family – Hydrobatidae – Storm Petrels


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Species (18)

European Storm Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus)Video
Least Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma microsoma) OBI
Wedge-rumped Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma tethys) Oiseaux
Band-rumped Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma castro) IBC
Monteiro’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma monteiroi) IBC
Cape Verde Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma jabejabe) Avibirds
Swinhoe’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma monorhis) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo OBI– Video
Leach’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) ©USFWS – VideoPhoto
Townsend’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma socorroensis)
Ainley’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma cheimomnestes)
Markham’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma markhami)Video
Tristram’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami) ©©Flickrl – Video
Black Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma melania) by Daves BirdingPix
Guadalupe Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma macrodactyla †) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo ARKive
Matsudaira’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma matsudairae) OBI – Video
Ashy Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa) by Daves BirdingPix
Hornby’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma hornbyi) IBC
Fork-tailed Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) ©USFWS
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Storm petrels are seabirds in the family Hydrobatidae, part of the order Procellariiformes. These smallest of seabirds feed on planktonic crustaceans and small fish picked from the surface, typically while hovering. Their flight is fluttering and sometimes bat-like.

Storm petrels are found in all oceans. They are strictly pelagic, coming to land only when breeding. In the case of most species, little is known of their behaviour and distribution at sea, where they can be hard to find and harder to identify. They are colonial nesters, displaying strong philopatry to their natal colonies and nesting sites. Most species nest in crevices or burrows and all but one species attend the breeding colonies nocturnally. Pairs form long-term monogamous bonds and share incubation and chick feeding duties. Like many species of seabird, nesting is highly protracted with incubation taking up to 50 days and fledging another 70 days after that. (Wikipedia with editing)

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