Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma castro

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Storm-Petrels (Hydrobatidae)

Code 4

BSTP

Code 6

OCECAS

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Unknown

The Band-rumped Storm-Petrel is a bird that is native to the South Pacific, including the Hawaiian Islands. Currently, the population of this bird in the Hawaiian Islands remains fairly small, although there are now large populations of the Band-rumped Storm-Petrel in Japan as well as the Galapagos. The greatest danger to this bird at this time is considered to be light attraction. The Band-rumped Storm Petrel currently has a rating of Least Concern due to fairly large populations that exist throughout the world.

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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.

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RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

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David Lukas

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Yury Lisyak

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