Birds of Colombia

    PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae (Northern Storm Petrels)  
Genus: Oceanodroma (4 species, 17 worldwide)

Storm Petrels are small birds, around 20 cm., that live far from shore (pelagic), nest on remote islands, and skip along the ocean surface picking up floating food items. Oceanodroma are found in northern hemisphere ocaens.

Leach's Storm Petrel
Leach's Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa leucorhoa) Vulnerable
Canary Islands, Spain  
Photograph by Stephen A. Daly   © All Rights Reserved.

May or may not have a V-shaped white band across rump that does not reach the tail. Note forked tail.

Black Storm Petrel
Black Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma melania)
California, United States
  Northern migrant to tropical waters (Sept. to April), and a bit larger than other storm petrels.
Photograph by Julio Mulero     Copyright and usage info

{Northern migrant} to tropical waters (Sept. to April), and a bit larger than other storm petrels at 22 cm..

Least Storm Petrel
Least Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma microsoma)
Oaxaca, Mexico  
Photograph by Nigel Voaden   © All Rights Reserved.

Smallest storm petrel at around 16 cm.. Dark brown with no white rump, similar in coloration to larger Black Storm Petrel, or Markham's Storm Petrel.

Wedge-rumped Storm Petrel
Wedge-rumped Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma tethys)
Photograph by Mick Dryden     Copyright and usage info

Note white rump extends into tail.

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