At a Glance
This pallid little seabird is sometimes found by birders who take boat trips far offshore from our southern Atlantic Coast. It flies low with an odd rocking motion, wings held out to the sides, dropping its long legs repeatedly to push off against a wave with its feet.
All bird guide text and rangemaps adapted from Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman© 1996, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Gull-like Birds, Storm-Petrels
Mid Atlantic, New England, Southeast
Range & Identification
8" (20.5 cm). Gray-brown above, white below and on eyebrow, with long legs. Odd flight, gliding on stiff wings, rocking back and forth, touching feet down to water.
About the size of a Robin, About the size of a Sparrow
Black, Gray, White, Yellow
Broad, Rounded, Short, Tapered
Rounded, Short, Square-tipped
Songs and Calls
Generally silent at sea.
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