Hydrobatidae – Northern storm-petrels

These birds can walk better on the water than on the land

This family of charming little birds lives worldwide in tropical and temperate oceans. Their plumage is adorned with brown, black, or white colors. Tubular nostrils with long pointed wings are another characteristic feature of these birds.

They spend most of their lives in the water and only greet land when they need solid ground to nest. These petrels fly near the ocean, where it is convenient for them to catch food. They inhabit remote islands when needed to avoid predators like rats, but such introduced species could result in extinction because petrels don’t know how to walk with those weird legs.