Order Procellariiformes

Family Hydrobatidae

Northern Storm-petrels
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General

Molecular evidence revealed that traditional grouping of all storm-petrels in a single family was paraphyletic#R#R; precise relationships at higher levels within this order are still disputed, but storm-petrels now generally split into two families, comprising “southern” Oceanitidae and “northern” Hydrobatidae#R.

  • Small, light, "tubenosed" seabirds with long legs and rounded wings, or shorter legs and more pointed wings.
  • Cosmopolitan, in all oceans.
  • Marine, mainly offshore and pelagic.
  • 13-26 cm.
  • 1 genus, 15 species, 21 taxa.
  • 5 species threatened;
    1 species extinct since 1600.