1165. Oceanites oceanicus

1165. Wilson’s Petrel.
Oceanites oceanicus (Kuhl.), Beitr, p. 136, Tab. x. fig. 1 (1820) ; Dresser, viii. p. 505, pl. 614, fig. 1 ; Salvin, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxv. p. 358 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 354 ; Saunders, p. 733 ; Ridgway, p. 71 ; Lilford, vi. p. 131, pl. 56 ; O. wilsoni (Bp.), Journ. Acad. Philad, iii. p. 231, pl. 9, fig. 2 (1823) ; (Audubon), B. N. Am. pl. 270 ; Gould, B. of Austral, vii. pl. 65.
Casquilho, Portug. ; Pastorcito, Span. ad. (off Fayal). Sooty black with a greyish tinge, especially on the head and neck ; wing-coverts brownish, some of the middle ones marked with greyish white ; sides of rump and of under tail-coverts, and lower flanks white ; tail nearly even ; bill and legs black, the basal half of the webs yellow ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.65, wing 5.75, tail 3.0, tarsus 1.3, bare part of tibia 0.65 inch.
Hab. Atlantic Ocean, north to the coasts of Labrador and of the British Isles, south to the Ice-barrier in the Antarctic Ocean ; the Indian Ocean north to the Mekran coast ; the Australian seas and New Zealand.
In habits it resembles P. pelagica, and like it is essentially an ocean bird. It was found breeding on Kerguelen Island in January and February, by the Rev. A. E. Eaton, and since then plentifully on South Victoria Land, Antarctic regions. The single egg is laid in dry chinks and crevices under rocks, and is like that of P. pelagica, but speckled and dotted chiefly round one end with pink, and measures about 1.30 by 0.92.
The young in down of all the preceding species of Petrels are covered with sooty brownish or greyish down from which they moult into the adult dress.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
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1165. Oceanites oceanicus
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H. E. Dresser
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Wilson’s Petrel
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Oceanites oceanicus
Vol. 2

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