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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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The hunt is on to find the mysterious and rare storm petrel off the coast
At around 35 km from shore, at coordinates N 25 12.668 E /56 42.109, I spotted a storm petrel off to the starboard (right) side of the boat and, as we slowed and managed to get a first glimpse, we were immediately struck by two things: This bird was a completely different in size and structure to Wilson's Storm Petrel, and it had an all-dark rump.
The diminutive storm petrel is typically such a victim - a tiny house martin-like bird, usually found far out to sea.
The important breeding areas of Wedge-rumped storm petrel were unkwnown until recently.
Black Swan Christina Moore Storm Petrel Publications PO Box 96, West Halifax, Vermont 05358 c/o Bisson & Barcelona (publicity) PO Box 458, Barrington, NH 03825 9780979156205, $14.95
There's also the New Zealand Storm Petrel and the Long-Legged Warbler (both found in 2003), the Fabulous Green Sphinx Moth from Hawaii (1997), the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect (2001), and the Bavarian Pine Vole (2000).
The 120-foot lighthouse, with its 170 worn wooden steps, is a great vantage point for birders who come to see grebes, gannets, skuas and the occasional shearwater or storm petrel on their migratory route through Scandinavia.
At Ardenest (Waikari, North Canterbury), remains of Grey-backed storm petrel (Oceanites nereis) were found at a deposit accumulated by Laughing owls (Sceloglaux albifacies; Worthy and Holdaway 1996).
Experimental evidence for regulation of food delivery to Storm Petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus, nestlings: the role of chick body condition.
The wardens on Skokholm Island have built the wall to further support and study the storm petrel population on the island.
Several hundred Max shearwaters flew past Rhos Point, with a brace each of Arctic, great and Pomarine skuas, and a storm petrel that should be heading to northern breeding grounds.