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Wilson's Storm-Petrel

(Oceanites oceanicus)
Alternate name(s): "Wilson's Petrel", "Flat-clawed Storm-Petrel"
Size: 15-19 cm; wing span 38-42 cm
Weight: 35-45 g

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Wilson's Storm-Petrel at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Near-lateral view of a Wilson's Petrel at the surface of the water; this photo exhibits several characteristic features of the species, such as the white rump and flanks, but otherwise dark-grey body and the yellow webbing on the feet; note also the roundish wing tips (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[22 NM off Southport, Gold Coast, QLD, April 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Wilson's Petrel feeding at the surface of the water; note the tail held in the shape of a broad "V", which is typical of various species of storm-petrels, and the short, broad lighter-grey arch on the upperwing coverts (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[22 NM off Southport, Gold Coast, QLD, April 2018]

Lateral view of a Wilson's Petrel rising from the surface of the water (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[22 NM off Southport, Gold Coast, QLD, April 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Wilson's Petrel rising from the surface of the water; this perspective gives a clear view of the white rump and flanks, while the rest of the body is all dark-grey (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[22 NM off Southport, Gold Coast, QLD, April 2018]

Wilson's Storm-Petrel hovering low above the water; this photo gives the jizz of the species when seen from a distance
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[22 NM off Southport, Gold Coast, QLD, April 2018]

Wilson's Storm-Petrel hovering low above the water near the coastline of south-western WA (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Flinders Bay, Augusta, WA]

Comparison of a Wilson's Storm-Petrel, lower right, with a Providence Petrel, upper left (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[22 NM off Southport, Gold Coast, QLD, April 2018]

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