Markham's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma markhami

  • Order: Procellariiformes
  • Family: Hydrobatidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Jacob Drucker and Alvaro Jaramillo


Geographic Variation

Currently considered monotypic.

Related Species

Described by Salvin, 1883, as Cymochorea markhami. Named for Captain Albert Hastings Markham, who collected the type specimen off of southern Peru. It is currently is a monotypic species in the genus Oceanodroma, meaning "ocean runner".

Penallurick and Wink (2004) have suggested the genus Oceanodroma could be broken into several smaller genera, and that Cymochorea be reinstated along with the genera Thalobata, Halocyptena, and Hydrobates. Under this taxonomy, Markham's Storm-Petrel would once again be in Cymochorea, along with Leach's (O. leucorhoa), Swinhoe's (O. monorhis), Tristram's (O. tristrami), Ashy (O. homochroa), Guadalupe (O. macrodactyla), and Ringed (O. hornbyi) storm-petrels.

Oceanodroma are part of the Hydrobatinae - the 'northern storm-petrels', and are considered the most primitive taxon in the order Procellariiformes (Nunn and Stanley 1998), which also contains the 'southern storm-petrels' (Oceanitinae), albatrosses (Diomedeidiae), petrels and shearwaters (Procellariidae), and diving-petrels (Pelecanoididae). Nunn and Stanley (1998) and others consider northern and southern storm-petrels as separate families. Procellariiformes are sister to Sphenisciformes (penguins) (Hackett et al. 2008).

Recommended Citation

Drucker, J. and A. Jaramillo (2013). Markham's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma markhami), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.