LEACH'S STORM-PETREL Oceanodroma leucorhoa


Another abundant species in the Atlantic and Pacific, including colonies in Northern Scotland, tending to be north of the equator but recently colonising further south (e.g. South Africa). There have been quite a few taxonomic mutterings, especially recently. Some birds are dark-rumped, mainly off Western USA and Mexico, and two subspecies are described from Guadalupe Island which breed at different times of year, this has resulted in two new cryptic species being described.


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