Oceanites oceanicus   (Kuhl,  1820) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 15-19 cm.

Color: Black.

Voice: usually silent at sea.

Habits: Keeps singly or in small parties, sometimes 200 or more in a flock, common and widespread summer migrant off South and West coasts of Mumbai. Hovers when feeding, pattering along the water surface. frequently follow ships.

Sexes alike. A small dull black storm petrel distinguished by white rump and pale wing-bars. Underparts dark, undertail-coverts white, legs long slender black, toes (web) lemon yellow, tail square-ended. In flight, feet project beyond tail.

Breeding season: November to January. Nest- in crevices in cliffs, under and amongst stones of screes, etc.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Wilson's Storm-Petrel (English)
• Yellow-webbed Storm Petrel (English)
• Mother Carey's Chicken (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Open Sea
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Mainly zooplankton
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• West coast INDIA
• South coast INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai coast INDIA
• Goa, Anjuna Coast INDIA (Record: 18/08/1988)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Tinnakara INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Lainer, H (2004) Birds of Goa : A reference book The Goa Foundation, Goa 244 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • PBase Available at - http://www.pbase.com/
  • Mohan, RSL (1989) Some observations on the marine mammals and marine birds Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 195-199 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%203%20(1).pdf
  • Jeyarajasingam (2012) A Field Guid to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore Oxford University press 2nd edition 1-89pp Available at - http://books.google.co.in/books?id=UIh8RwJpYYkC&pg=PA88&dq=Bulweria+bulwerii+in+india&hl=en&sa=X&ei=95b2T66jCcPNrQe_rdXZBg&ved=0CFQQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=Bulweria%20bulwerii%20in%20india&f=false
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%206%20(1).pdf
  • Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent ENVIS Newsletter: Avian Ecology and Inland Wetland 55pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%203%20(2).pdf
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1968) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford university press 1 1-368pp Available at - NIO

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