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Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Storm-Petrels

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There are at least 14 types of storm-petrels seen in the ocean waters surrounding North America. Half of these storm-petrels are vagrant birds that were blown off course in strong winds or ocean storms. These are the smallest pelagic seabird species seen on the seas and can be compared to being a bit larger than the Purple Martin. These active birds are seen hopping and fluttering along the water surfaces picking up small prey and bits of food.

Of these fourteen bird species, one would expect to see the uncommon White-faced Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Wilson's Storm-Petrel and the Band-rumped Storm-Petrel in areas of the Atlantic Ocean. In the Pacific Ocean, one would expect to see the Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel and the Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel.

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds