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Black-bellied Storm Petrel - BirdForum Opus

Photo by WickWelsh
Pelagic off Cape Town, South Africa, October 2016
Fregetta tropica


19·5–21 cm (7¾-8¼ in)

  • Black upperparts, head and upper breast, darker on the wings and tail
  • White belly with a black stripe down the center, upper tail-coverts, some of the under tail-coverts on each side edged with white, pure white long inner wing-coverts and axillary plumes
  • Black iris, bill and legs


Their feet just protrude beyond the tail when flying.


Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Madagascar, Mozambique, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, Saint Helena, Sao Tomé and Principe, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Uruguay, and Vanuatu.


There are 2 subspecies[1]

  • F. t. tropica:
  • Subantarctic circumpolar islands; ranges north to tropics
  • F. t. melanoleuca:
  • Tristan da Cunha and Gough islands


Highly pelagic. Rarely near land except when breeding.


they readily follow ships.


The diet consists of squid, small fish and crustaceans.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)
  3. Wikipedia

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