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Leach's Storm Petrel

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Photo by Steve Seallocation: Draycote Water, UK
Photo by Steve Seal
location: Draycote Water, UK

Alternative name: Leach's Petrel

Oceanodroma leucorhoa

Includes: Chapman's Storm Petrel


[edit] Identification

A small seabird of the tubenose family. It is named after the British zoologist William Elford Leach.

8-21 cm. Dark plumage and white rump with a black line through it. Forked tail

[edit] Distribution

Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies recognized:

  • O. l. leucorhoa in the North Atlantic; Japan to Aleutians and islands off northern Mexico
  • O. l. chapmani on Coronados Islands and San Benito Islands (northwest Mexico)

Formerly considered conspecific with Townsend's Storm Petrel and Ainley's Storm Petrel.

[edit] Habitat

Close to the sea in well concealed areas such as rock crevices, shallow burrows.

Can turn up on lakes and reservoirs, many miles inland, as a result of storms

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

1 white egg is laid. Visits the nest only at night

[edit] Diet

Small fish and crustaceans

[edit] Vocalisation

Listen in an external program

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at

[edit] External Links

Birdforum thread: How to see a Leach's Storm Petrel in the UK: [[1]]


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