Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma castro

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Storm-Petrels (Hydrobatidae)

Code 4

BSTP

Code 6

OCECAS

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Band-rumped Storm-Petrel breeds on some islands in the eastern and southern Atlantic, on islands off the coast of Japan, on Kauai, Hawaii, and on the Galapagos Islands. It ranges in pelagic waters off the coast of Japan, in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, and in a large part of the Atlantic Ocean. Although this species is believed to be in decline because of introduced predators at nesting sites and other factors, it has a large estimated population of 150,000 individuals, and has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel: This is a black-brown storm-petrel with gray-brown wing bars and a conspicuous white band across the rump and large, slightly notched tail. It has a black bill, legs and feet. It has a buoyant, zigzag flight, alternating several rapid wing beats. It feeds on invertebrates, small vertebrates and sometimes carrion from the water's surface. The sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel: Breeds on islands in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Atlantic populations are found in the Azores, Madeira, Cape Verde, Berlengas, St. Helena, and Ascension Island, while Pacific populations are found in the Galapagos Islands, Japan, and the Hawaiian Islands. Wanders widely in the non-breeding season.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Little known in North American waters until the 1980s, when pelagic bird expeditions ventured into deeper Gulf Stream waters off North Carolina; they are now seen annually in this area.
  • The Band-rumped Storm-Petrel is also known as the Madeiran Storm-Petrel.
  • They are strictly nocturnal at breeding sites to avoid predation by gulls and skuas, they will even avoid coming to land on clear moonlit nights.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

David Lukas

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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PelagicX
The pelagic is a type of bird whose habitat is on the open ocean rather than in a coastal region or on inland bodies of water (lakes, rivers). An example of a pelagic bird is the blacklegged kittiwake.
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The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
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