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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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storm petrel

(Animals) any small petrel, such as the northern Hydrobates pelagicus, of the family Hydrobatidae, typically having a dark plumage with paler underparts. Also called: Mother Carey's chicken or stormy petrel
[C19: so named because it was thought to be a harbinger of rough weather]
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storm′ pet`rel

or storm′-pet`rel,

any of several small, tube-nosed seabirds of the family Hydrobatidae, usu. having black or sooty-brown plumage with a white rump.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.storm petrel - any of various small petrels having dark plumage with paler underpartsstorm petrel - any of various small petrels having dark plumage with paler underparts
petrel - relatively small long-winged tube-nosed bird that flies far from land
Hydrobates pelagicus, northern storm petrel, stormy petrel - sooty black petrel with white markings; of the northern Atlantic and Mediterranean
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storm petrel

[ˈstɔːmˌpɛtrəl] nprocellaria
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Two Storm Petrels were off Caernarfon and a probable Leach's Petrel was photographed off Criccieth.
Storm petrels nest in dense colonies in drystone structures and only come back to the colony when the night is at its darkest.
Skomer is one of the top seabird breeding colonies in the country, with Manx shearwaters, storm petrels, razorbills, and guillemots.
For this ecosystem, on Santa Cruz Island, one of five ecologically rich Channel Islands further down the coast in Southern California, Lynch's 2012 Designing Ecology class was charged with creating a smaller, ceramic, nest module to protect the endangered Ashy Storm Petrel. The tiny, eight-inch Ashy Storm Petrels maintain a restricted range up and down the west coast and have a small global population of around 10,000, but can live to be 34 years old.
The team of National Trust rangers and volunteers will be using ghettoblaster-style high-powered speakers at night to lure storm petrels in from the sea.
In 2015 National Trust rangers and the Whitburn coastal conservation group carried out an eight-week survey of storm petrels. During that time they ringed 514 of the birds and two rare Leach's storm petrels.
A further 205 storm petrels live on the neighbouring island of Skomer.
Here he sighted Storm Petrels, Skuas and Shearwaters.
An Taisce has expressed concern about the effect filming on the island could have on two priority-listed bird species - Manx Shearwaters and Storm Petrels.
The islands were abandoned by man to the sheep, storm petrels and grey seals in 1953, but in summer you can get a ferry out to them.
The young man who has gone to Toronto for work dreams of seabirds, of storm petrels, kittiwakes, and herring gulls.