The fork-tailed storm-petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) and Leach's storm-petrel (O. leucorhoa) breed in BC. Leach's also breeds in Atlantic Canada; its huge colonies in southeastern Newfoundland contain most of the North Atlantic population. Large numbers of Wilson's storm-petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) from Antarctica and Tierra del Fuego occur off Nova Scotia in summer.
Petrels nest in burrows on offshore islands, visiting these only at night. Introduced cats and rats have caused havoc in many colonies.
Author R.G.B. BROWN
Links to Other Sites
All About Birds
Search this online bird identification guide for information on specific bird species found in North America. Click on the dynamic map of eBird sightings for a magnified view. From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the US.
Canadian Biodiversity Website
A great information source for all budding biologists. Learn about biodiversity theory, natural history, and conservation issues. From McGill’s Redpath Museum.