Black Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma melania

Order:
Procellariiformes
Family:
Hydrobatidae
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Table 1

Recent estimates of breeding populations of Black Storm-Petrel.

  Number of pairs Source
Channel Islands, Sutil Island
1975–1977 10–15 Hunt et al. 1980
1991 37 (12–62) Carter et al. 1992b
Channel Islands, Santa Barbara Islands
1975–1977 75 Hunt et al. 1980
1991 100 Carter et al. 1992b
Islas Coronado
1968 250 Delong and Crossin 1970
Islas Coronado, Isla Coronado (= Middle Rock)
1989–1990 100 Everett 1991
Islas San Benito
1968(*) 5,000+ Crossin 1974
Isla San Benito Oeste
1975 100s of 1,000s Boswall 1978
July 1999 ~300,000 S. N. G. Howell unpubl.
Isla Cardinosita = Partida Norte
June 1974 Minimum 1,000 DGA
Archipiélago Espíritu Santo, La Lobera
1988-1993 Minimum 150 Carmona et al. 1994

  • (*)El Niño, could explain low estimate (see, e.g., Anderson et al. 1987a).

Table 2

A summary of linear measurements (mm) of adult Black Storm-Petrel collected in various localities; no sexual dimorphism apparent (cf. Loomis 1918 ); thus, sexes combined (weighted averages). Data shown as mean and range.

Location (n)

Culmen Wing Tail Tarsus Source
California (10) 16.0 (15–16.5) 172.0 (168–177) 82.6 (80–86) 32.3 (31–34) Murphy 1936
South America (4) 15.6 (15–16) 170.0 (168–174) 82.5 (73–87) 33.0 (33–33.2) Murphy 1936
Panama (2) 16.5 (16–17) 159.0 (157–161)(*) 82.5 (78–87) 32 Murphy 1936
Various (150) 15.7 (14–17.6) 176.8 (167–186) 84.8 (78–93) 31.0 (29–34) Loomis 1918a
Various (34) 16.0 (15–17) 173.4 (169–179) 84.5 (77–90) 31.3 (30–34) Austin 1952
Various (14) 15.1 (15–16.5) 175.0 (170–180) 82.3 (75–91) 31.3 (29–33) Palmer 1962
At sea (47) 15.2 (14–16.1) 172.0 (163–180) 88.4 (82–94) 31.5 (29–33.3) Crossin 1974
Isla San Benito Oeste (360) 15.8 (14.0–17.9) 175.2 (163–187) 82.3 (71–96) 32.2 (29.4–35.4) Y. Bedolla-Guzmán, J. F. Masello, A. Aguirre-Muñoz and P. Quillfeldt, unpubl. data

  • Loomis 1918a
  • (*)Molting outer primaries.

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. https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.bkspet.02