Leachs Storm-Petrel

Other Names: Leach's Petrels, Carrie Chicks

Distribution

Found on inaccessible islands in the colder northern areas of the Atlantic and Pacific, such as   Baccalieu Island of eastern Canada (which houses the largest colony of these birds - more than 3 million of them).  In Europe, records of them exist from Liverpool Bay, between north Wales and England; the remote Scottish islands of North Rona and Sula Sgeir.

Description

This small seabird measures 18 - 21 cm in length and has a wingspan of 43 - 48 cm.

The plumage is all dark, except most have a white rump, although some individuals with dark rumps have been recorded on the west coast of North America. The highest percentage of dark-rump birds occur on the United States - Mexico border where 90-100% of adult birds have dark rumps.  Dark-rump birds are rare north of southern California,

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Leachs Storm-Petrel

Leachs Storm-Petrel

Bill Shape
hooked-seabird
Regions
alabama
alaska
aleutians
arizona
baja california
british columbia
california
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
labrador
louisiana
maine
maryland
massachusetts
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north atlantic coast
north carolina
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
ontario
oregon
pacific coast
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
texas
vermont
virginia
washington
Tail Shape
forked-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
coasts
Oceans
Color
brown
Body Shape
gull
Size
small
Order
albatross, petrel, shearwater, storm-diving petrel - procellariiformes
storm petrels - hydrobatidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern