White-faced Storm-Petrel

Pelagodroma marina

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Storm-Petrels (Hydrobatidae)

Code 4

WFSP

Code 6

PELMAR

ITIS

Egg Color:

White with dark dots concentrated at larger end



Number of Eggs:

1



Incubation Days:

50 - 56



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

On ground or grassy tussock.



Nest Material:



Migration:

Migratory



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General

White-faced Storm-Petrel: Dark gray upperparts and white underparts, with dark cap and dark eyeline. Long legs trail behind squared tail in flight. Sexes similar. Juvenile is paler gray above.

Range and Habitat

White-faced Storm-Petrel: This species breeds and roams widely in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and throughout the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere. It has been very rarely observed along the Atlantic Coast of North America during its migration, and has been recorded from Main south to North Carolina.

Breeding and Nesting

White-faced Storm-Petrel: Nests in colonies on isolated sandy or rocky ocean islands. Lays one white egg that both parents incubate for 50 to 56 days, alternating every 3 to 5 days. Chick flies at 52 to 67 days.

Foraging and Feeding

White-faced Storm-Petrel: Patters lightly on the ocean surface picking tiny crustaceans and small fish from the water. May feed mainly at night.

Vocalization

White-faced Storm-Petrel: Peeping or chattering on breeding grounds.

Similar Species

White-faced Storm-Petrel: The only Storm-Petrel that shows a white belly and is found on the East Coast of North America.

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X