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also storm petrel (stôrm′pĕt′rəl)
Any of various small seabirds of the family Hydrobatidae, found in most of the world's oceans and generally having dark plumage. Also called stormy petrel.

[Probably from the fact that they take shelter in the lees of ships during storms.]
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Size and structure of a large, long-winged storm petrel with a long, slightly notched tail and overall quite similar in structure to Leach's Storm Petrel O.
First recorded breeding of Leach's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa in the Southern Hemisphere, at Dyer Island, South Africa.
The day before, a Leach's storm petrel had flown past Porthcawl and a great skua, or "bonxie", had been rescued from Port Talbot beach and brought to the Kenfig Reserve Centre to be cared for.
The seabirds, particularly small Leach's storm petrels, normally stray far from the mainland, but, after a week of gales, exhausted and dying birds are turning up in unlikely places.
The roles of parent and chick in determining feeding rates in Leach's Storm Petrels. Animal Behaviour 43:895-906.