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Photo by Glen Tepke
Photo taken in Pacific west of Carmel, California, USA, August 2003
Hydrobates melania

Oceanodroma melania


Length 9" (23 cm), wingspan 19-22" (48-56 cm). Largest dark storm-petrel in range. Dark blackish brown overall with lighter carpal bars. Very long, pointed wings.


Breeds on islands off California and Baja; ranges to Peru

Yellow category on the Audubon Watchlist.


This is a monotypic species.[1]


Pelagic when not breeding.


Slow, deep wingbeats, glides often.


It nests in rock crevices, sometimes in burrows. The single egg is incubated by both adults for about 50 days. The chick fledging after 10 weeks. The adults visit the nest nocturnally to avoid predation.


The diet includes mainly planktonic crustaceans, also small fish and offal.


  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. Wikipedia

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