Leach’s Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) Bird Information
Usually, Leach’s Storm-petrel is a black-brown bird with long, pointed, angled wings; pale edges to coverts form pale inner wing. Tail distinctly forked; white rump has dark central stripe. Feet do not extend beyond tail. Flight is shearwater-like; short glides between bouts of leisurely wing-flapping. Seldom follows ships.
Status: confined to handful of remote islands off coast of Scotland and possibly Ireland. Otherwise scarce passage migrant and storm-driven waif.
Similar Species: smaller European Storm-petrel is blacker, has less angled wings and lacks forked tail and pale inner wing.
Leach’s Storm-Petrel Bird Facts
|Size||19 – 22 cm (7.5 – 9 in)|
|Habitat||sea and small offshore islets|
|Behavior||Swims, takes off and land on water or ground|
|Flocking||1 – 20|
|Flight||hovers, glides; undulating|
|Voice||croons on nest; variety of screeches and repeated notes at colonies.|
|Rump||white, dark central stripe|
|Tail||dark brown; medium length and forked|
|Bill||black; short and thin|
|Legs||black; medium length|
|Incubation||41 – 42 days|
|Fledging||63 – 70 days|
|Population||several thousand pairs|