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White-faced Storm-Petrel

Pelagodroma marina

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. 
Family Southern Storm-Petrels
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. 
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Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds

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Songs and Calls
Generally silent at sea.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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How Climate Change Will Reshape the Range of the White-faced Storm-Petrel

Audubon’s scientists have used 140 million bird observations and sophisticated climate models to project how climate change will affect this bird’s range in the future.

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Climate threats facing the White-faced Storm-Petrel

Choose a temperature scenario below to see which threats will affect this species as warming increases. The same climate change-driven threats that put birds at risk will affect other wildlife and people, too.

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