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Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma furcata ORDER: PROCELLARIIFORMES FAMILY: HYDROBATIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A small, gray, ocean-going bird of the North Pacific, the Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel is the only pure gray member of its family. Most of the other storm-petrels are predominantly black.

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Appearance

Swallowlike
Swallowlike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Medium-sized storm-petrel, small pelagic bird.
  • Upperparts bluish-gray.
  • Underparts paler, pearl-gray.

Immature Description

Like adult, but tail is less notched.

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  • Adult

    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel

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Similar Species

No other small oceanic bird in the North Pacific is pale gray all over.