Photo: Tim Laman/Vireo

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma castro

Until the late 1970s, this species was considered an accidental visitor to North America, with a few having been found inland after hurricanes. With increased surveys offshore, it has proven to be a regular visitor far off our southern Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. It may have been overlooked in the past because of its great similarity to Leach's Storm-Petrel.
Family Storm-Petrels
Until the late 1970s, this species was considered an accidental visitor to North America, with a few having been found inland after hurricanes. With increased surveys offshore, it has proven to be a regular visitor far off our southern Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. It may have been overlooked in the past because of its great similarity to Leach's Storm-Petrel.
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Usually silent at sea.
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