Hydrobates pelagicus - European storm-petrel:

Summary Information
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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
  • Storm-petrel (B164)
Distribution General Range: Islands, north-western Palearctic. (B89)
  • London: In the London Area, a "rare visitor, normally storm driven". In 2000, individual birds were seen at Rainham Marsh, Dartford Marsh, Stone Marsh and the River Thames (possibly the same one or two birds in the sightings at different locations). (J322.65.w1)
Habitat Breeding - Islands offshore (B163)
Further Information


  • food - mainly aquatic invertebrates (surface zooplankton); also small fish
  • feeding behaviour - mainly surface skims without landing during day (sometimes in small flocks)
  • feeding nestlings - this species is within the family of "tube-noses": adults often feed distant from nest, ingest oily prey and regurgitate a mix of oil and partly digested flesh to feed young; young fed almost until fledging


  • location and structure - in colonies; excavates crevices and burrows which have soft soil but little or no material lining; return to same hole annually
  • nest building - male and female
  • breeding structure - monogamous; bond for life


  • markings - often not patterned, although may be partially patterned
  • number of eggs - 1
  • broods - one brood per season
  • incubation - by male and female alternating approximately every 3 days; 38-50 days


  • development - Semi-altricial; downy; eyes open at hatching
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 56-73 days

(B163, B164)

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