French: Océanite minute German: Zwergsturmschwalbe Spanish: Paíño menudo
San José del Caba, Baja California, Mexico
Subtropical E Pacific S to Ecuador, breeding on Islands in Gulf of California and off W coast of Baja California (NW Mexico).
13–15 cm; 14–22 g; wingspan 32–36 cm. Smallest seabird with nearly uniform dark plumage and wedge-shaped tail (although latter can appear rounded in flight... read more
Vocalizations weaker and less scratchy than those of H. melania, the Burrow Call being... read more
Marine and often pelagic, mainly occurring over warm waters away from land. Breeds on small islands... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly small planktonic crustaceans, particularly larvae of spiny lobster Panulirus. Feeds on wing, by pattering, and also by... read more
Starts Jun/Jul in N part of breeding, with newly hatched young recorded 12 Aug to 8 Sept. Speculated to arrive at San Benito Is later than... read more
Most move away from breeding islands between Oct and Mar. Disperses S to winter off W coast of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Most abundant seabird in Gulf of California, with 100,000s or possibly 1,000,000s, with potentially largest populations on islands of... read more
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