French: Océanite tempête German: Sturmschwalbe Spanish: Paíño europeo
Subspecies and Distribution
H. p. pelagicus
(Linnaeus, 1758) – E Atlantic Ocean, breeding in NE Atlantic, from S Iceland and W Norway S through N & W Britain to NW France, N Spain and Canary Is.
H. p. melitensis
Schembri, 1843 – Mediterranean from E Spain E to Greece, and possibly Turkey.
14–18 cm; 16–37 g; wingspan 36–39 cm. Small storm-petrel with square tail, contrasting white horseshoe on rump, and obvious white stripe on central... read more
Main vocalizations as follows: purring call, given only by males, mostly from within burrows, is... read more
Marine and pelagic, normally keeping well away from land, except near colonies. Breeds on rocky... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small fish (Sprattus sprattus, Ammodytes marinus), squid and crustaceans, taken during day; also variety of... read more
Particularly well studied at colonies off Welsh coast. Starts May/Jun, with arrival at breeding sites commencing late Mar (Sicily) or late... read more
At sea in N Hemipshere, mostly found between 10ºC and 25ºC isotherms. Transequatorial... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Total population formerly estimated at 130,000–290,000 breeding pairs, mainly in W Ireland, Faeroe Is, S coast of Iceland and British Isles (... read more
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