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White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina

  • Order: Procellariiformes
  • Family: Oceanitidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
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White-faced Storm-Petrel is a trademark pelagic species known for its distinctive plumage and behavior at sea.  The species breeds on remote islands in northern and southern Atlantic Ocean as well as Australia and New Zealand, and is distributed well offshore from both coasts of South America and rarely from the east coast of North America.  When seen at sea, the species is often detected by its low, bounding flight; White-faced Storm-Petrels actually push their feet off the surface of the water and are favored by birders for these pogo-stick antics.  The species shows a white head with dark cap and eye patch, brown upperparts with blackish remiges, and white underparts.

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Recommended Citation

White-faced Storm-Petrel (Pelagodroma marina), 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/wfspet