Wilson’s storm petrel

This species is found in all world oceans except the north Pacific Ocean

JJ Harrison

Did you know this bird is entitled to Antarctica’s smallest warm-blooded bird breeding? Flocks of this bird could often be glimpsed, spending quality time in the ocean.

They fly low over the water with shallow wing beats. The long legs with webbed feet extend farther than the tails. This morphology helps this species to hop in the ocean against waves and tides. Quick dives in search of lunch could also be observed if food is unavailable on the surface. They prefer remote islands for nesting, laying a single egg in hidden nests. The choice of inhospitable and remote breeding islands shelters these cuties from predators.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
American Samoa
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Angola
2018
Anguilla
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Antarctica
2018
Breeding
Antigua & Barbuda
2018
Vagrant
Argentina
2018
Aruba
2018
Australia
2018
Bahamas
2018
Bahrain
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Barbados
2018
Benin
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Bermuda
2018
Bonaire Sint Eustatius And Saba
2018
Bouvet Island
2018
Breeding
Brazil
2018
British Indian T.
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
British Virgin Is.
2018
Non-Breeding
Cameroon
2018
Canada
2018
Passage
Cape Verde
2018
Cayman Islands
2018
Chile
2018
Christmas Island
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Cocos Is. (Keeling)
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Colombia
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Comoros
2018
Vagrant
Congo-Brazzaville
2018
Cook Islands
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Costa Rica
2018
Non-Breeding
Cuba
2018
Côte D’ivoire
2018
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2018
Denmark
2018
Vagrant
Djibouti
2018
Dominica
2018
Vagrant
Dominican Republic
2018
East Timor
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Ecuador
2018
Egypt
2018
Vagrant
Equatorial Guinea
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Eritrea
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Falkland Islands
2018
Malvinas
Fiji
2018
Non-Breeding
France
2018
Non-Breeding
French Guiana
2018
French Polynesia
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
French Southern T.
2018
Breeding
Gabon
2018
Gambia
2018
Germany
2018
Vagrant
Ghana
2018
Vagrant
Grenada
2018
Guadeloupe
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Guatemala
2018
Guinea-Bissau
2018
Guinea
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Guyana
2018
Heard & McDonald
2018
Breeding
Iceland
2018
Vagrant
India
2018
Indonesia
2018
Iran
2018
Non-Breeding
Ireland
2018
Non-Breeding
Islands
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Israel
2018
Vagrant
Italy
2018
Vagrant
Jamaica
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Japan
2018
Vagrant
Jordan
2018
Vagrant
Kenya
2018
Vagrant
Kiribati
2018
Vagrant
Liberia
2018
Madagascar
2018
Malaysia
2018
Vagrant
Maldives
2018
Marshall Islands
2018
Non-Breeding
Martinique
2018
Mauritania
2018
Mauritius
2018
Mayotte
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Mexico
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Micronesia
2018
Non-Breeding
Morocco
2018
Mozambique
2018
Myanmar
2018
Vagrant
Namibia
2018
New Caledonia
2018
Vagrant
New Zealand
2018
Breeding
Nigeria
2018
Vagrant
Niue
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Norfolk Island
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Norway
2018
Vagrant
Oman
2018
Non-Breeding
Pakistan
2018
Panama
2018
Vagrant
Papua New Guinea
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Peru
2018
Pitcairn
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Poland
2018
Vagrant
Portugal
2018
Puerto Rico
2018
Réunion
2018
Saint Helena
2018
Saint Martin
2018
French Part
Saint Pierre
2018
Saint Vincent
2018
Samoa
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Saudi Arabia
2018
Non-Breeding
Senegal
2018
Seychelles
2018
Sierra Leone
2018
Vagrant
Sint Maarten
2018
Dutch Part
Solomon Islands
2018
Vagrant
Somalia
2018
South Africa
2018
South Georgia
2018
Breeding
Spain
2018
Passage: Canary Is.
Sri Lanka
2018
Suriname
2018
Svalbard
2018
Vagrant
São Tomé & Príncipe
2018
Origin Uncertain
Tanzania
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Togo
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Tokelau
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Tonga
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Trinidad & Tobago
2018
Turks & Caicos
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Tuvalu
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
UAE
2018
Non-Breeding
US Minor Is.
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
US Virgin Islands
2018
Non-Breeding
United Kingdom
2018
Non-Breeding
United States
2018
Non-Breeding
Uruguay
2018
Non-Breeding
Vanuatu
2018
Vagrant
Venezuela
2018
Wallis & Futuna
2018
Seasonality Uncertain
Yemen
2018
Non-Breeding

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No