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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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A Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Oceanites oceanicus, in flight
The other three animals are the Hawaiian population of the band-rumped storm-petrel (Oceanodroma castro), the orangeblack Hawaiian damselfly (Megalagrion xanthomelas) and the anchialine pool shrimp (Procaris hawaiana).
The acceptance of this (and subsequent records in 2011) as Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel was straightforward.
William is expected to be nibble on the Titi bird, the fatty chicks of the storm-petrel, raw seaweed, kina sea eggs and fiery pepper leaves.
A breeding colony of Wedge-rumped storm-petrel, Oceanodroma tethys kelsalli (Lowe 1925), on Santa Island-Peru
Other seabirds breeding there include Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Brandt's Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Rhinoceros Auklet, Cassin's Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot Western Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull and Black Oystercatcher.
An extreme case is the British storm-petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus), which measures a mere 6 in (15 cm) from head to tail and which has acquired its (English) name from its clever habit of sheltering from heavy winds on the lee side of ships.
The Ashy Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa) is one of the least known seabird species because of its crevice-nesting and nocturnal habits.
Biologists with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory have been conducting monitoring and research on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge through a cooperative agreement with the FWS for over 25 years (roughly the life-span of an ashy storm-petrel), and they will monitor the success of the gull control project.
There is evidence supporting this hypothesis from studies of the Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa (Ricklefs and Minor 1991, Hamer and Hill 1994, Bolton 1995, Mauck and Grubb 1995) and the Antarctic Petrel Thalassoica antarctica (Andersen et al.
Leach's storm-petrel nest burrows were checked for occupancy during May, June, and October 1984 and February 1985.