Least Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma microsoma

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Storm-Petrels (Hydrobatidae)

Code 4

LSTP

Code 6

OCEMIC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Least Storm-Petrel is evaluated as Least Concern at this time. This is a marine bird that is native to Mexico, Colombia and the United States. This bird is also a visitor to Japan. The range of the Least Storm-Petrel is about 100,000 square kilometers. The population of this bird is estimated at around 1 million individual bids. The current rating for the Least Storm-Petrel was downgraded from a prior rating of Lower Risk in 2004. There is no immediate concern regarding the range or the population of the Least Storm-Petrel.

SUMMARY

Overview

Least Storm-Petrel: Small, very rare storm-petrel with dark black-brown body and short, wedge-shape tail. The wings have black wing tips and pale brown diagonal bars visible in flight. It is the smallest Pacific storm-petrel. Flight is swift and direct on deep wing beats. Often flies low over water.

 

Range and Habitat

Least Storm-Petrel: This species breeds on rocky islands off both coasts of Baja California and occurs as a resident along the Pacific Coast of Mexico and further south. In summer and fall, these birds range as far north as San Diego County, California. They are pelagic, coming ashore only to breed.

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Least Storm-Petrel SONGS AND CALLS

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Least Storm-Petrel was first described in 1864 by Elliott Coues, an American army surgeon, historian, ornithologist and author.
  • These birds feed while fluttering just above, rather than sitting on the water.
  • They reportedly only weigh ¾ of an ounce.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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