Pelagodroma marina (White-faced storm-petrel) 

Witwangstormswael [Afrikaans]; Bont stormvogeltje [Dutch]; Océanite frégate [French]; Weißgesicht-sturmschwalbe [German]

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Tetrapoda (four-legged vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota > Reptilia (reptiles) > Romeriida > Diapsida > Archosauromorpha > Archosauria > Dinosauria (dinosaurs) > Saurischia > Theropoda (bipedal predatory dinosaurs) > Coelurosauria > Maniraptora > Aves (birds) > Order: Ciconiiformes > Family: Hydrobatidae

Distribution and habitat

Breeds on islands in the Atlantic Ocean and off the coast of Australia and New Zealand, typically remaining in temperate and subtropical areas in the non-breeding season. It is a rare vagrant to southern Africa, with four records off the coast of the south-Western Cape, one bird near central Namibia and another two records off the coast of south-central Mozambique.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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