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Black Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma melania

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This all-black storm-petrel with a forked tail and long, angular wings is confined to the northeast Pacific Ocean, where it breeds, in loose colonies, on a handful of islands off southern California, Baja California and in the Sea of Cortez, and the total population is speculated to number in the region of half a million birds. It moves south, and to a lesser extent north, in the non-breeding season (November–February at least), during which period it reaches as far as northern Peru, usually in warmer water than the similar Markham’s Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma markhami), which has a more distinct upperwing bar and a more deeply forked tail.

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Recommended Citation

Black Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma melania), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/bkspet