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Leach's Storm Petrel

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  • Ixobrychus exilis
  • Egrets & Other Waders
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About the Leach's Storm Petrel

Also known as: Carrie Chicks, Leach's Petrel, Beal's Petrel, Chapman Petrel, Dusky-rumped Petrel, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Kaeding's Petrel, Socorro Petrel

The Leach's Storm Petrel is a small seabird of the tubenose family. These little pelagic birds are found on both Atlantic and Pacific waters.

Leach's Storm Petrels breed on offshore islands in the Northern Hemisphere. During the breeding season, they are nocturnal to avoid predation. They nest in burrows where they take shelter during daylight hours.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 13 October 2012
Scientific Name Oceanodroma leucorhoa
  • Procellariiformes
  • Hydrobatidae
  • Oceanodroma
  • O. leucorhoa
Birdorable Family Albatrosses & Allies
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7 to 8.2 inches
17 to 19 inches
Range West Europe North Europe East Asia North Africa West Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Painho-de-cauda-furcada (Brazilian)
  • 白腰叉尾海燕 (Chinese)
  • buřňáček dlouhokřídlý (Czech)
  • Stor Stormsvale (Danish)
  • Vaal Stormvogeltje (Dutch)
  • myrskykeiju (Finnish)
  • Océanite cul-blanc (French)
  • Wellenläufer (German)
  • Uccello delle tempeste codaforcuta (Italian)
  • コシジロウミツバメ (koshijiroumitsubame) (Japanese)
  • Vaal Stormvogeltje (Norwegian)
  • nawałnik duży (Polish)
  • Северная качурка (Russian)
  • Stor Stormsvale (Spanish)
  • Klykstjärtad stormsvala (Swedish)

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