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Band-rumped Storm Petrel - BirdForum Opus

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Alternative name: Madeiran Storm Petrel

Photo by Glen Tepke
Atlantic near Hydrographer Canyon, south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA, August 2005
Hydrobates castro

Oceanodroma castro



  • Sooty-brown plumage
  • Narrow, rectangular, white rump patch
  • Slightly forked tail
  • Dark bill with tube on top.

Similar Species

Leach's Storm Petrel:


Breeds and ranges tropical Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Otherwise pelagic.


This is a monotypic species.[1]

Cape Verde Storm Petrel and Monteiro's Storm Petrel have been split from this species recently. Additionally, there may be two additional taxa waiting to be described.





Quick wing beats between glides on bowed wings.


It nests in colonies close to the sea in rock crevices and lays a single white egg. Nests are visited only at night.


The diet includes invertebrates, small vertebrates and sometimes carrion.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  4. USGS

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