Leach's Storm Petrel

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 13 October 2012
Scientific Name
Oceanodroma leucorhoa
  • Procellariiformes
  • Hydrobatidae
  • Oceanodroma
  • O. leucorhoa
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7 to 8.2 inches
17 to 19 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Painho-de-cauda-furcada
Chinese (汉语) 白腰叉尾海燕
Czech (Cesky) buřňáček dlouhokřídlý
Danish (Dansk) Stor Stormsvale
Dutch (Nederlands) Vaal Stormvogeltje
Finnish (Suomi) myrskykeiju
French (Français) Océanite cul-blanc
German (Deutsch) Wellenläufer
Italian (Italiano) Uccello delle tempeste codaforcuta
Japanese (日本語) コシジロウミツバメ (koshijiroumitsubame)
Norwegian (Norsk) Vaal Stormvogeltje
Polish (Polski) nawałnik duży
Russian (русский язык) Северная качурка
Spanish (Español) Stor Stormsvale
Swedish (Svenska) Klykstjärtad stormsvala
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