Black Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma melania


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William T. Everett has had a long interest in seabirds, especially the conservation of their populations and nesting habitat, and particularly those of Baja California and the Gulf of California. He is a Research Associate of the Department of Birds and Mammals, San Diego Natural History Museum, and is a past Chairman of the Pacific Seabird Group. He is also the President of the nonprofit Endangered Species Recovery Council in La Jolla, California. E-mail:

Yuliana R. Bedolla-Guzmán is a marine biologist and a Ph.D. candidate from the Justus Liebig University Giessen Germany, under the direction of Dr. Petra Quillfeldt. Her Ph.D. research includes the breeding biology and foraging ecology of storm-petrels breeding in sympatry on Islas San Benito. Currently, she is the Director of the Marine Birds Project in the Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas, A.C. (GECI) in Ensenada, Baja California, México, a project to restore and conserve marine birds using social attraction systems in conjunction with systematic monitoring, research, and environmental education. E-mail:

David Ainley's work on seabirds began with his doctoral studies on penguins in the Antarctic, under the direction of W. J. L. Sladen at Johns Hopkins University. Ainley has continued his research in the Antarctic but has conducted much work in the California Current and equatorial Pacific as well. While employed by the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, he designed and led the seabird and marine mammal research program on the Farallon Islands, including rehabilitation of habitat and restoration of many populations there. He has published about 250 peer-reviewed papers on seabirds and marine mammals and their environments, including 8 on storm-petrels, as well as 5 books and 10 monographs. He is currently a Senior Ecologist at H. T. Harvey & Associates Ecological Consultants in Los Gatos, California. E-mail:

Recommended Citation

Everett, W. T., Y. R. Bedolla-Guzmán, and D. G. Ainley (2019). Black Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma melania), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.