Band-rumped Storm-Petrel: Seasonal Occurrence & Geographic Distribution

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma castro

Status: Fairly common to Common in offshore Texas waters from spring through fall. Usually more numerous in June and July. One inland record at Edinburg, 25 June 1954.

Habitat: Pacific and Atlantic warm-water species. Atlantic Ocean population moves into the deepwaters of the Gulf of Mexico in summer. This species is occasionally seen in the relatively shallow waters over the continental shelf. Band-rumps have also been driven inland by tropical storms.

Similar Species: Very similar to the much rarer Leach’s Storm-Petrel, but has notable differences in flight style (see Leach’s Storm-Petrel account). Band-rumped Storm-Petrels have steady wingbeats, and resemble small, dark, white-rumped shearwaters. Compared to Leach’s, Band-rumps have a whiter rump and more squared tails.

© Copyright  Brad McKinney  31 October 31, 2004 (Status updated Nov 2014 Garett Hodne)


The graph below shows the number and date of all Band-rumped Storm-Petrel sightings on all Texas Pelagics from 1992 to 2014:  BRSP Graph


This map shows the geographic distribution of Band-rumped (blue dimonds) and Leach’s Storm-Petrels sightings on 27 Texas Pelagics from 1992 to 2014,  mostly from South Padre Island, but also including 1 trip from Port Aransas and 2 trips from Port O’Connor. Sighting coordinates from the remaining 25 + Texas Pelagics are not available.

Band-rumped Storm-Petrels are mainly concentrated in deep Slope Pelagic waters but are also found on the shelf in lower numbers

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Click on the box in the upper left of the map to view the map legend.

Click on each sighting symbol and the data label will appear showing the time, date and the number of Storm-Petrels seen.

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