Family Northern Storm-petrels (Hydrobatidae)


Matsudaira's Storm-petrel (Hydrobates matsudairae)


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

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.


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


No data.


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 9 April 2020).