European Storm-petrel (Hydrobates Pelagicus) Bird Information

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European Storm-petrel is a Tiny, black, bat-like seabird with prominent white rump. Usually seen at sea flying with non-stop wing action dipping to surface with feet dangling to pick up food. Wings straight, broad and rounded; white underwing bar. Tail square-cut, with broad white rump extending to sides of underparts. Feet do not project beyond the tail. Often follows ships, picking up food from the wake.

Status: highly localized breeder on small islands off coasts of Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Elsewhere on passage or storm-driven.
Similar Species: Leach’s Storm-petrel

European Strom-Petrel Bird Facts

TypeSwallow-like
Size14 – 16 cm (5 – 6 in)
Habitatsea and small offshore islets
Behaviorswims, takes off and lands on water or ground
Flocking1 – several hundred
Flightflitting, gliding, undulating
Voiceon nest, purr ending in hiccough; also high-pitched, repeated squeaks; silent at sea.

European Storm-Petrel Bird Identification

European Storm-Petrel bird identification

Adult
Crownblack
Upperpartsblack
Rumpwhite
Tailblack; medium length and squar
Throatblack
Breastblack
Bellyblack
Billblack; short and thin
Legsblack; medium length

Breeding

Nestburrow, crevice
Eggs1; white
Incubation38 – 40 days
Younghelpless; downy45
Fledging56 – 64 days
Broods1; May-July
Foodsmall fish, plankton
Population50,000 pairs+

 

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