1166. Pelagodroma marina

1166. Frigate Petrel.
PELAGODROMA MARINA.
Pelagodroma marina (Lath.), Ind. Orn. ii. p. 826 (1790) ; (Gould), B. of Austral, vii. pl. 61 ; Dresser, ix. p. 399, pl. 719 ; Salvin, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxv. p. 362 ; Ridgway, p. 72 ; Saunders, p. 735 ; Lilford, vi. p. 134, pl. 57.
Ad. (Teneriffe). Upper parts slaty brown, darker on the crown and lower back, paler and greyer on the dorsal region, the feathers with slightly paler margins ; lower rump and upper tail-coverts pale slate-grey, the latter with narrow white margins ; wings and tail blackish brown ; secon¬daries and wing-coverts margined and tipped with whitish ; a patch below the eye beyond the ear-coverts dark slaty brown ; forehead, superciliary stripe, and under parts white ; bill and legs black, the webs yellow with a dark edge. Culmen 0.9, wing 6.0, tail 3.35, the middle feathers 0.42 shorter than the lateral ones, tarsus 1.7 incii. Sexes alike.
Hab. Seas of the Southern Hemisphere, north to the Canary Islands and the Salvages ; has occurred on the coast of Massachusetts once, and twice off those of Great Britain.
In habits this bird does not appear to differ from Leach’s and the Storm Petrel. It has been found breeding on the Salvage Isles, on the Chatham and Houtmann’s Abrolhos Islands, and on Nightingale Island, one of the Tristan da Cunha group. It nests in holes in the ground, depositing in April in the Salvages, in December in the Australian seas, a single white egg, finely spotted and often zoned at one end with fine reddish or purplish dots, and measuring about 1.47 by 1.07.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1166. Pelagodroma marina
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1166
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
849
Common name: 
Frigate Petrel
M_ID: 
1891
M_CN: 
White-faced Storm Petrel
M_SN: 
Pelagodroma marina
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
10254

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