mostly black seabird with white feathers above and below the tail
forming a complete white band. Buffy to white tips on the secondary
coverts form a faint streak on the top of the inside of the wings. The
tail is not forked. About the size
of a large swallow. The long legs project past the tail when in flight.
Flies close to the ocean's surface. Frequently patters feet on surface
with wings outspread. Occurrence:
Summer resident that is common in the
Atlantic in the Austral Winter and rare into December. Could be seen in
pelagic water anywhere
in the Caribbean but usually along a migration path east of the Lesser
Antilles, north of the Greater Antilles, and both east and west of the
Bahamas. Occassionally nearshore on
migration but feeds in deep water. Uncommon in northern Gulf of Mexico.
Often seen in mixed-species flocks with other storm-petrels.
very common seabird with breeding populations of many millions of pairs
around the high latitudes of the Southern Ocean. This petrel eats small
fish oil or macroscopic pelagic animals that it gathers from the
most tubenoses, it uses its keen sense of smell to locate food. It is
to plumes of fish oil above schools of tuna or even fish oils and offal
wake of fishing or birdwatching vessels.
Indian Breeding Seabird Atlas by Will
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Breeding Seabird Atlas
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