Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma matsudairae

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Storm-Petrels (Hydrobatidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

OCEMAT

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable

The Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel has a tiny breeding range encompassed by the small, Japanese volcanic islands of Minami-iwo-jima, and Kita-iwo-jima (although it mya no longer nest on the latter). During the non-breeding season, this storm-petrel ranges in Pacific tropical waters near the Philippines and Palau, around Indonesia, and west to equatorial waters of the Indian Ocean. The global population is estimated to be at least 20,000 individuals. Since this seabird species only nests on one or two islands, it has been given a conservation rating of Vulnerable because it could be easily affected by human activities or other events.

SUMMARY

Overview

Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel: Medium, black-brown storm-petrel with buff-brown patch on upper wing, and small white U-shaped patch on base of primaries. Wings are long and pointed. Medium black bill has small tube on top. Fairly long, strongly forked tail. Both sexes and juvenile similar.


Range and Habitat

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Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel SONGS AND CALLS

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • Because these birds breed only on two islands, they are susceptible to unpredictable events and are therefore classified as Vulnerable.
  • Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel is named after the Japanese ornithologist Yorikatsu Matsudaira.
  • A group of petrels is collectively known as a "gallon" and a "tank" of petrels.
  • This species was first described in 1922 in Honshu, Japan by Japanese ornithologist Nagamichi Kuroda.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Chris Vest

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