1159. Oceanodroma leucorrhoa

1159. Leach’s Petrel.
Oceanodroma leucorrhoa (Vieill.), Nouv. Dict, xxv, p. 422 (1817) ; (Dresser), viii. p. 497, pl. 613, fig. 2 ; Salvin, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxv. p. 348 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 1067 ; Ridgway, p. 71 ; Saunders, p. 729 ; (Lilford), vi. p. 127, pl. 54 ; Thal, leachi, Temm. Man. d’Orn, ii. p. 812 (1820) ; (Naum.), x. p. 575, Taf. 275, fig. 2 ; (Hewitson), ii. p. 520, pl. cxlv. fig. 2 ; Gould, B. of E. v. pl. 447 ; id. B. of Gt. Brit. v. pl. 85.
Thalassidrome cul-blanc, French ; Procellaria a coda forcuta Ital. ; Gabelschwanziger-Schwalbensturmvogel, German ; Stor-Stormsvale, Dan. ; Klofthalet-Stormsvale, Norweg. ; Klyckstjertad-Stormsvala, Swed. ; Umi-tsubame, Jap.
Male ad. (Bay of Fundy). General colour sooty blackish brown, the head, breast, and back tinged with grey ; inner secondaries and wing-coverts brownish grey, paler at the tips ; upper tail-coverts white, some with narrow dark edges ; tail forked ; lateral under tail-coverts white, the central ones sooty brown ; bill and feet black ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.75, wing 6.0, tail 3.5, tarsus 1.0, bare portion of tibia 0.3 inch.
Hab. Seas of Northern Europe, Asia, and America, wander¬ing south in winter to the coasts of continental Europe and the Mediterranean ; of rare occurrence in Scandinavia ; Eastern Siberia, the Commander Islands, and Japan ; the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of N. America ; south to Virginia and California.
In habits it resembles P. pelagica, and is, like that bird, essentially oceanic. It breeds on many of the Hebrides, and on the islands off the east coasts of North America, selecting in preference grassy places where it can burrow under the sods, but it also burrows under rocks. Early in June a single egg is laid, which is like that of P. pelagica but larger, measuring about 1.33 by 0.95. The nest is a small pad of dry grasses placed at the end of the nest-hole.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1159. Oceanodroma leucorrhoa
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Leach’s Petrel
Leach's Storm Petrel
Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Vol. 2

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