Oceanodroma leucorhoa - Leach's 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
  • Oceanodroma leucorhoa leucorhoa - Leach's storm-petrel (B89)
  • Oceanodroma leucorhoa socorroensis - Socorro storm-petrel (B89)
Distribution Islands northern oceans (B89)
  • In London: In the London Area, a "rare visitor, often during 'wreck' conditions." In 2000, individuals seen on Dartford Marsh, Rainham Marsh (flying upriver), and two reservoirs. (J322.65.w1)
Habitat Breeding - "Offshore islands" (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly aquatic invertebrates; sometimes fish
  • feeding behaviour - mainly skims


  • location and structure - in colonies; uses mainly burrows, also cavities
  • nest building - little material required
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - Patterned
  • number of eggs - 1
  • broods - 1 brood
  • incubation - by male and female; 41-42 days


  • development - semi-altricial, downy, eyes open at birth
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 63-70 days

(B163, B164)

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General Legislation:

  • This species is listed on Schedule 1 - Part I (Birds protected by special penalties: Notes on the revised schedules state "Birds protected by special penalties at all times") of the LUK2 - Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 of the United Kingdom. (W5.Oct01)

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