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Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

by | Jun 14, 2022

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel  Hydrobates castro

Texas Coastal / Offshore 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.

* Texas Review Species, requiring written or photographic documentation to TBRC.
(1) TOS Handbook of Texas Birds; by Mark W. Lockwood and Brush Freeman (2005)
(2) Lower Texas Coast Status from Brad McKinney’s annotated checklist (updated 2009).

Seasonal Occurrence Graph

Texas Pelagics Sightings Distribution

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