Family Northern Storm-petrels (Hydrobatidae)

Vulnerable

Matsudaira's Storm-petrel (Hydrobates matsudairae)


Taxonomy

French: Océanite de Matsudaira German: Matsudairawellenläufer Spanish: Paíño de Matsudaira
Taxonomy:

Oceanodroma melania matsudariae

[sic] Nagamichi Kuroda

, 1922,

Sagami Bay, Honshu, Japan

.

Sometimes considered a subspecies of H. melania; these two sometimes isolated in separate genus, Loomelania, in view of long tarsi. Original spelling corrected on basis of internal evidence. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Tropical Indian Ocean and Timor Sea, breeding at Kita-Iwojima and Minami-Iwojima, in Volcano Is (Iwo Is), SE of Japan. Has also been recorded around the Ogasawara Is and is assumed by some to breed there#R, but this requires confirmation.

Descriptive notes

24–25 cm; 62 g; wingspan 46–56 cm. Large dark storm-petrel with long forked tail, long wings, and noticeable white shafts at base of primaries forming... read more

Voice

No data.

Habitat

Marine and pelagic, normally occurring far from coast; on migration often found over waters of... read more

Food and feeding

Little information available on diet; known to feed on galley waste from ships. Feeds mainly on wing, by dipping and snatching from surface... read more

Breeding

Arrives at colonies in Jan, with egg-laying from mid Mar to late Apr, and fledging from early to mid Jun. Colonial; nests in burrows.... read more

Movements

Long-distance migrant: after breeding (departing Jun), moves S across equator perhaps to Timor Sea... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Little known, reported to breed on Kita iwojima and Minami iwojima in Volcano Is, to SE of Japan; Kita iwojima not visited recently. No population figures... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Matsudaira's Storm-petrel (Hydrobates matsudairae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52599 on 10 December 2018).