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Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus

  • Order: Procellariiformes
  • Family: Oceanitidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Jacob Drucker

Demography and Populations

Falsely considered by some to be the most numerous species of bird in the world. Nonetheless, the global population is likely between 4 and 10 million pairs (Brooke 2004).

Known breeding sites are listed below, with population estimates stated where available (Marchant and Higgins 1990, Woehler & Johnstone 1991, Woehler 1993b):

-Queen Maud Land: Shirmacher Hills; Ongul Island; Proclamation Island
-Mac. Robertson Land: Scullin Monolith
-Princess Elizabeth Land: Rauer Group; Vestfold Hills (approximately 40 000 pairs)
-Davis Sea area: Gaussberg; Haswell Island (500 pairs)
-Wilkes Land & Queen Mary Land (1600 pairs)
-George V Land (20 pairs)
-Terre Adélie: Cape Hunter; Cape Denison (2355 pairs)
-Ross Sea Sector: Scott Island; Cape Adare; Cape Hallett; Maubray Bay/Edisto Inlet; Felsite Isand; Greater Cirque; Franklin Island; Inexpressible Island; possibly Balleny Island (total population approximately 128 000 pairs)
-Marie Byrd Land: Peter Island
-Antarctic Peninsula: Hope Bay; Tower Island; Base Gabriel Gonzalez Videla;Wiencke -Island; Cormorant, Anvers, Dream Islands; Booth Island, Petermann Island; -Argentine Island; Detaille, Horseshoe Islands; Leonie, Jenny Islands; Dion Island; Avian Island (total population approximately 100,000–1,000,000 pairs)
-South Shetland Island (approximately 1,000,000 pairs)
-South Orkney Island (10,000 pairs)
-South Georgia (600,000 pairs)
-S. Sandwich Island (10,000–100,000 pairs)
-Iles Crozet (approximately 10,000 pairs)
-Iles Kerguelen (200,000–500,000 pairs)
-Heard Island
-Cape Horn area
-Falkland Island

(Data from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 2013)

Recommended Citation

Drucker, J. (2013). Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.