How to identify

A little bigger than a sparrow, the Storm Petrel appears all black with a white rump. Its tail is not forked, unlike the Leach's Petrel. In flight it flutters over the water, feeding with its wings held up in a 'V' with feet pattering across the waves. At sea it often feeds in flocks and will follow in the wake of ships, especially trawlers.


Storm Petrel

Dougie Preston / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
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