1536. Oceanites oceanicus.
Wilson's Stormy Petrel.
Procellaria oceanica, Kuhl, Beitr. p. 136, pl. x, tig. 1 (1820). Procellaria wilsonii, Bonap. Jour. Ac. Phil, iii, p. 231, pl. 9 (1623). P Thalassidroma sp., Jerdon, B. I. in, p. 827; Hume, S, F. ii, p. 317; Legge, S. F. iii, p. 375. Thalassidroma wilsoni, Butler, S. F. v, p. 291. Oceanites oceanicus, Bonap. Consp. Ac. ii, p. 199 (1857); Hume, S. F. v, p. 291 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 490; Butler, S. F. vii, p. 178; Hume, Cat. no. 976; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 1050; Gates, B. B. ii, p. 437; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 421; Salvin, Cat. B. M. xxv, p. 358.
Coloration. Sooty-black, rather paler and browner beneath and on the forehead; greater secondary wing-coverts greyish brown; upper tail-coverts and lower flanks, together with the shafts and extreme bases of the lateral rectrices, white.
Irides blackish ; bill, legs, and feet black; centres of webs between toes pale yellow (Butler).
Length 7.5 ; tail 2.6; wing 6.25 ; tarsus 1.4 ; bill from gape .65.
Distribution. Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Not rare in the seas around India. Specimens have, however, so far only been identified from the Mekran coast.
Habits, &c. Like the other Stormy Petrels, this bird is generally seen far from land, singly or in scattered flocks, skimming over the waves or resting on the sea. It breeds on stony or rocky islands.