278. Oceanites oceanicus.
WILSON'S STORM PETREL.
Male 7" to 7 1/2". Legs black. Bill black. Pale yellow patch in centre of webs. Tiny spur at base of tarsus. General plumage sooty. Upper and under tail-coverts white, with white bar on upper base of tail, and white spots on the flanks. Southern Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, into the N. Temperate Zone. Eggs (1.3 x 0.9) white. Recognisable by its long legs. In flight it seems invariably to cross the waves at right angles, leaping from one to the other in the Petrel way, Petrel being Peterel, or Little Peter, from the apostle who tried to walk on the water. (J. 976. P. 1536.)
Also O. gracilis. 6". Similar to O. oceanicus, but smaller, and the middle of abdomen is white. West coast of S. America.
Also the genus Garrodia. With scutellae on tarsus distinct. One species— G. nereis, 6 3/4 ",, legs and bill black, above greyish black, tail grey, broadly tipped with black, breast and below white. Southern Ocean from Kerguelen Land to New Zealand and the Falkland Islands.
Also the genus Pelagodroma. Grey Storm Petrels. With claws flattened and wide. First primary much shorter than third. One species— P. marina, 8", the White-bellied or Frigate Petrel, legs and bill black, above slaty brown, edged white. Forehead, eye-stripe, and below white, tail brownish. Seas of southern hemisphere, ranging north to the Canary Islands and the coast of Massachusetts.
Also the genus Pealea. With claws flat and wide. First primary longer than third. One species— P. lineata. Legs and bill blue-black. Above dark fuliginous. Upper tail-coverts, white with dark longitudinal and terminal lines. Upola Island. (B.M. Cat., xxv. 361-364.)