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European Storm-Petrel

(Hydrobates pelagicus)
Alternate name(s): "British Storm-Petrel", "Storm-Petrel"
German name(s): "Sturmschwalbe"

Size: 14-18 cm; wing span 36-39 cm
Weight: 20-38 g

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See European Storm-Petrel at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Slightly cropped near-frontal view of an European Storm-Petrel apparently walking on water; note the broad white underwing bars (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[5 NM off Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2018]

Near-dorsal view of an European Storm-Petrel in low flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[5 NM off Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2018]

This comparison of an European Storm-Petrel with a Northern Gannet illustrates the enormous difference in size - the storm-petrel is basically the size of the gannet's head (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[5 NM off Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2018]

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