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Storm Petrel

Hydrobates pelagicus

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Storm-Petrels (Hydrobatidae)

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BTO 5

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Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Storm petrel is a summer resident in marine waters of Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales, northern Scotland, and western Scotland and England. It has an "Amber" status because of recent population declines.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Storm Petrel: Small, swallow-sized seabird. Brown-black on head, back, underparts, and square-tipped tail. White rump and white sides to rump. Also has white stripe on underwing. Wings black-brown and bill black with short tube on top. Flight fluttering with glides low over the water.


Range and Habitat

Storm Petrel: Summer breeder in the UK & Ireland. Birds arrive at breeding areas in spring and depart for South African winter grounds in mid-autumn. Birds come ashore only to breed and are active only at night. They can be found in western Ireland and Wales, and northern Scotland and the offshore islands.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Storm Petrel 1

  • Title: Storm Petrel 1
  • Description: Nocturnal purring song of a male.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Storm Petrel 3

  • Title: Storm Petrel 3
  • Description: Song and calls of pair at night near nest.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Voice Text

"ahrrr-r-r-r-r-r"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Storm Petrel, also called the European Storm Petrel, is the only member of the genus Hydrobates.
  • It is strictly nocturnal at the breeding sites to avoid predation by gulls and skuas, and will even avoid coming to land on clear moonlit nights. Like most petrels, its walking ability is limited to a short shuffle to the burrow.
  • This bird is familiar to sailors, and much folklore is associated with this harbinger of stormy weather. Its most common folk name is "Mother Carey's Chicken," perhaps derived from "Mother Mary."
  • A group of petrels are known collectively as a "gallon" or "tank" of petrels.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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