Black Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma melania




Sometimes follows ships to take advantage of food waste. They are also readily attracted by chumming. They feed in large groups. Hovers above the water with its feet hanging down and "dances" or "patters" on the surface while feeding.

Flies swiftly, strongly, directly, rather like a tern (ej. Anous), with a few powerful, languid, deep wingbeats alternating with glides on wings usually held well below the horizontal.

Social and interspecific behavior

Usually in small groups. On migration on open flocks of 50 or more that may rest on water in "rafts" during day. Their main predators are Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Barn Owl (Tyto alba) and some gulls.

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: