Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa

  • Order: Procellariiformes
  • Family: Hydrobatidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Rarely patters over surface when feeding. It does not follow ships.

Flies swiftly, erratically, buoyantly with 1 or 2 fast, powerful flaps followed by glides on wings held well above the horizontal and noticeably kinked; sudden changes of direction impart a bounding quality. Flutters less than other storm-petrels.

Social and interspecific behavior

It is solitary or in small scattered groups.

Recommended Citation

Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa), 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/lcspet