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Barolo Shearwater
Barolo Shearwater: Tiny shearwater, dark brown upperparts and white underparts; dark cap extends only to eye. Bill is short and black. Swims and dives for food, picks food off surface of water. Feeds on fish and squid. Flight is low, fast and straight, alternates rapid wing beats and banking glides. Formerly called the Little Shearwater. Name changed to Barolo Shearwater in 2014 by the American Ornithologist Union.
Cory's Shearwater
Cory's Shearwater: Large gray-brown shearwater, white underparts, pale yellow bill. Feeds at night on crustaceans and large sqiud it takes from the surface. Best identified by its relatively slow, languid flight compared to other shearwaters. Wings held downward. Soars on fixed wings if wind is up.
Herald Petrel
Herald Petrel: Medium petrel, three color morphs: light, intermediate, and dark. Dark morph is dark gray overall, silver-gray to white base on underwing flight feathers. Light morph has white breast, belly and dark gray upperparts. Intermediate forms exist between light and dark morphs. Gray legs, feet. Split into Herald Petrel and Trindade Petrel (not in North America) by the American Ornithologist Union in 2015.
White-faced Storm-Petrel
White-faced Storm-Petrel: The only Atlantic storm-petrel with the combination of dark gray upperparts and white underparts with a dark cap and eyeline. Long black legs trail behind squared tail in flight. Webbing between toes is yellow. Alternates rapid, shallow wing beats with stiff-winged glides.
Black-browed Albatross
Black-browed Albatross: White head, neck, underparts, and black back, tail. Yellow bill with red tip, pale pink-gray legs and feet. Easily identified by black tail, stiff wing beats and long narrow pointed wings. Soars effortlessly for long periods of time, may circle and glide for long distances.
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel: This is a black-brown storm-petrel with gray-brown wing bars and a conspicuous white band across the rump and large, slightly notched tail. It has a black bill, legs and feet. It has a buoyant, zigzag flight, alternating several rapid wing beats. It feeds on invertebrates, small vertebrates and sometimes carrion from the water's surface. The sexes are similar.
Fea's Petrel
Fea's Petrel: Medium petrel, gray-brown upperparts, white belly. White breast with partial gray-brown breast band. Wings bend back at the wrist, have a dark M pattern across upperwings and lower back. Underwings are mostly dark. White face, dark mask around eyes. Gray tail, pale uppertail coverts.
Mottled Petrel
Mottled Petrel: This medium-sized petrel is mostly gray with mottled white markings. It has a gray and white face and throat, and white upper breast and under tail. The wings have distinct black bars on white undersides. It feeds on small squid and fish. Alternates high soaring arcs and gliding with rapid wing beats. Sexes are similar.
Audubon's Shearwater
Audubon's Shearwater: Small, stocky seabird with dark brown upperparts and white underparts. Underwing coverts are white. Tail is dark brown with short, gray undertail coverts. Bill is dark and legs and feet are pink. Fish and squid make up most of its diet. Alternates rapid wing beats with glides.
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Wedge-tailed Shearwater Dark Morph: This large shearwater is dark brown overall with a black-tipped, dark gray bill. Tail is long and pointed in flight, extends past the pink legs and feet, and fans to wedge-shaped when banking turns or landing. Soars with slow flapping wing beats followed by upward glide. Diet typically includes fish and squid. Sexes are similar.
Black-capped Petrel
Black-capped Petrel: Large petrel with white underparts, dark brown to black back and upper wings, black cap, and white collar (this field mark is missing in some birds). Tail is long, dark, and wedge-shaped; underwings show broad dark margins. Hooked bill is dark, legs are pink. High arcing flight.
Bermuda Petrel
Bermuda Petrel: Medium petrel, gray-brown upperparts shading to black on rump; white underparts except for dusky sides of upper breast. Base of tail has white band. White face, forehead. Black-brown cap goes to eyes. In flight shows black-gray upperwings, white underwings with black margins, tips.
Murphy's Petrel
Murphy's Petrel: This large petrel is overall gray or gray-brown with a pale throat. The under wings have pale bars, the legs and feet are pale, and the toes have black distal webbing. The bill is black, and it feeds on squid and crustaceans. It has a swift flight, alternating several rapid wing beats with long glides. It does not follow ships. The sexes are similar.
Newell's Shearwater
Newell's Shearwater: This small shearwater has mostly black upperparts, black lower neck side, white underparts, and a small white-gray mark below the eye. It has a medium length, slender, black-gray bill with a small hook on the tip and a medium length rounded tail. Feeds on squid and small fish. Flies with quick wing beats alternated with short glides on long wings with slightly rounded tips.
Juan Fernandez Petrel
Juan Fernandez Petrel: This large petrel has dark brown-gray upperparts, a black M-shaped marking across extended wings, white underparts, and black-edged underside wings. It has a white face, a black cap extends below the eye, black bill, yellow legs, black toes, and a wedge-shaped tail. Feeds on fish and squid. Flies with rapid wing beats alternated with gliding, soaring arcs. Sexes are similar.
Christmas Shearwater
Christmas Shearwater: This is a small to medium-sized bird with entirely black brown plumage that is slightly paler below. It has pale fringing to some of the feathers on the back and gray legs and feet. It has a short, narrow and slightly hooked black bill. In flight, alternates glides with rapid wing-beats. It feeds mainly on the larval forms of fish and squid. The sexes are similar.
Tropical Shearwater
Tropical Shearwater: Small seabird black-brown above, on sides of neck, undertail, and on flight feathers and leading edge of underwing. Underparts, upper sides of rump, and wing linings white. Medium, blue-gray bill with slightly hooked tip. Long, slightly pointed wings. Short, pink-gray legs and webbed feet. Sexes and juvenile similar.
Providence Petrel
Providence Petrel: Medium-sized, gray-brown seabird with black spot in front of eye, gray-white on front and around base of bill, and gray-white mottling on belly. Long, pointed wings are gray-brown on top of primaries and gray-white on underside of primaries and secondaries. Medium-length rounded tail. Sexes and juvenile similar.
Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel
Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel: Medium, black-brown storm-petrel with buff-brown patch on upper wing, and small white U-shaped patch on base of primaries. Wings are long and pointed. Medium black bill has small tube on top. Fairly long, strongly forked tail. Both sexes and juvenile similar.
Bonin Petrel
Bonin Petrel: This small seabird has a short, slightly hooked bill with a short tube on the top. It has gray upperparts, a gray neck side and a white front and underparts. Upper wings are black-gray, and under wings are white with black-gray leading and trailing edges. It has pink legs and feet and an agile flight with rapid wing beats. It mainly feeds on lantern fish and hatchet fish.
White-chinned Petrel
White-chinned Petrel: Medium to large seabird with overall black or dark brown plumage. It has a chalky white bill, black legs and feet, and a medium length tail. It often shows a silvery patch on the base of the primaries of its long wings. Flight is powerful with slow wing beats and long glides.
Parkinson's Petrel
Parkinson's Petrel: Medium to large seabird with overall black or dark brown plumage. It has a yellow-white bill with a black tip, black legs and feet, and a medium length tail. Has powerful flight with slow flapping followed by long glides on long wings.
Yellow-nosed Albatross
Yellow-nosed Albatross: Pelagic albatross with pale gray head, neck, rump, black back, upperwings, white underparts and black margin around white underwings. Red-tipped black bill has yellow patch on upper mandible. Gray legs, feet. Glides and soars for hours with minor adjustments to wing position.
Black-winged Petrel
Black-winged Petrel: This petrel is medium-sized with dark gray around the eye, upperwings black with gray secondaries, underparts white with narrow gray band across upper breast, underwing white with black edging. It has a stout, short black bill and pink legs and feet with black toes. Flight has rapid wing beats with glides and soaring arcs. The diet is mainly comprised of squid and prawns.
Hawaiian Petrel
Hawaiian Petrel: This medium-sized, tube-nosed seabird has a white front and cheeks, black upperparts and white underparts. It has a square, medium-length tail and long pointed wings. The diet includes mostly squid, but it also takes fish and crustaceans. It has an erratic, arching and diving flight. The males are slightly larger than the females.
Cape Verde Shearwater
Cape Verde Shearwater: Large seabird with gray-brown upperparts, dark brown flight feathers, and white underparts. Light pink bill is fairly long and thin with a dark ring near the slightly hooked tip. The wings are long and the tail is medium in length. Flies with rapid stiff wing beats alternated with short glides.
Sooty Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater: This large bird has a dark gray-brown body, darkest on the tail and primaries. The under wing coverts are pale. The bill is long and dark, and the legs and feet are black. It eats fish, squid and crustaceans. Its long narrow wings are slightly swept-back. It alternates strong direct flapping with long glides. The sexes are similar.
Pink-footed Shearwater
Pink-footed Shearwater: Large shearwater, gray-brown upperparts, white underparts, mottled brown flanks and undertail coverts. Head is gray-brown and pink bill is tipped with black. Flight feathers are dark-bordered and underwing coverts are mottled gray. Alternates slow wing beats with low glides.
Leach's Storm-Petrel
Leach's Storm-Petrel: This medium-sized petrel has a dark brown body and a white rump and under tail feathers. The wings are dark with a pale gray-brown bar on the upper wings. It has a long, dark forked tail, and a black bill, legs and feet. Its flight is bounding and erratic with frequent changes of direction and speed. It mainly feeds on fish, squid and shrimp. Sexes are similar. The Leach's Storm-Petrel now has two subspecies, the Townsend's Storm-Petrel and Ainley's Storm-Petrel. Split in 2016 by the American Ornithologist Union. Both are outside of North America.
Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel
Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel: Small storm-petrel, black-brown overall with large white patch on rump and central tail. Bill, legs, and feet are black. Feeds far out to sea. Flight is swift and direct, with deep wing beats and much banking and twisting. Often flies high above the surface of the water.
Least Storm-Petrel
Least Storm-Petrel: Small, very rare storm-petrel with dark black-brown body and short, wedge-shape tail. The wings have black wing tips and pale brown diagonal bars visible in flight. It is the smallest Pacific storm-petrel. Flight is swift and direct on deep wing beats. Often flies low over water.
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: Medium storm-petrel, blue-gray upperparts, pale gray underparts. Forehead is dark gray, eye patch is gray. Primaries are darker gray than other flight feathers. Forked tail, feathers are narrowly white-tipped. Alternates rapid, shallow wing beats and stiff-winged glides.
Great Shearwater
Great Shearwater: Large shearwater, scaled, gray-brown upperparts, white underparts, brown markings on belly. Dark cap contrasts with white face. Tail is dark above with conspicuous white rump band and gray below. Dark, hooked bill. Pink legs, feet. Flies on deep wing beats followed by long glide.
Short-tailed Albatross
Short-tailed Albatross: Largest and only white-bodied albatross in the North Pacific. The head and nape have a golden-yellow cast, white wings have black edges and tips, and the tail is white with black fringe. Legs and feet are pink-gray. Feeds mainly on squid, but also eats fish and crustaceans. Dynamic soaring, glides for hours. Sexes are similar. Almost became extinct in the late 19th century.
Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross: Large seabird with dark brown back, white head, neck and rump, dark eye patch. Bill is thick and yellow with gray hooked tip. Wings dark brown above and white below, with irregular brown-black borders, dark brown-black with white coverts, and pink legs and feet. Feeds on fish and invertebrates. Dynamic soaring, stays aloft for hours with little flapping of wings. Sexes similar.
Black-footed Albatross
Black-footed Albatross: This large seabird has long wings, a gray-brown body, a white ring around the face at the base of the bill and pale gray upper tail coverts. Most have dark under tail coverts, some have a white under tail and belly. Highly-variable seasonal plumage. Most frequently sighted off the Pacific Coast of North America. Dynamic soaring. Glides for hours. Feeds mainly on squid and fish. Sexes are similar.
Northern Fulmar
Northern Fulmar Light Morph: This large gull-like bird has gray upperparts and white underparts, head, neck, and tail. Dark morph has uniformly dark gray body and paler primaries. It has a short, thick yellow bill with a tube on top. Feeds mainly on fish, squid and zoo plankton. Flight alternates stiff wing beats with periods of gliding and banking. Sexes are similar.
Black-vented Shearwater
Black-vented Shearwater: Medium shearwater, brown-black upperparts, white underparts, brown mottling on sides of breast and flanks. Tail is dark. Eats fish, crustaceans, and squid. Quick low flight with short stiff wingbeats followed by glide. Soars in high winds.
White-capped Albatross
White-capped Albatross: Large seabird with white body and gray back. The bill is gray with a yellow tip and base. Underwing is white with diagnostic narrow black margin. Tail is gray. Legs and feet are pink. Soaring flight on stiff, slightly drooped wings. Often interuppted with several slow deep wing beats. Formerly Shy Albatross. Split by the American Ornithologist Union in 2014 into the White-capped Albatross, Salvin's Albatross and Chatham Albatross. Both the Salvin's and Chatham are out of the North American range."
Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwater: Small shearwater with brown-black upperparts and white underparts, underwings and undertail coverts. Black head is darker than back. The bill is dark. Wings are long, slim, and straight. Tail is short and pointed. Feeds on fish and squid. Alternates long glides and rapid wing beats.
Bulwer's Petrel
Bulwer's Petrel: This medium-sized petrel is dark brown overall with pale diagonal bars across secondary coverts. The long tail is usually held in a point; wedge shape visible when fanned. It has a black hooked bill and black legs and feet. Feeds on squid and small fish. It picks food from the surface while in flight. Makes a series of stiff flaps before each short twisting glide. Sexes are alike.
Buller's Shearwater
Buller's Shearwater: This medium-sized bird has gray upperparts and white underparts. The head has a white face and black cap. The bill and tail are black. The legs and feet are pink. A dark gray M-pattern is visible across the upperwings and back in flight. It rotates deep steady wing beats with long glides. It soars in high winds. It feeds on krill, small fish, and jellyfish. The sexes are similar.
Stejneger's Petrel
Stejneger's Petrel: This small petrel has gray-brown upperparts, dark gray rump, white underparts, black head, nape and bill, white face, gray-brown upperwing and black greater coverts. Outer primaries form an M shape across lower back. Blue-gray legs and feet and gray-brown, mottled white tail. Feeds on fish. Rapid erratic flight with fast wing beats followed by arcing glides. Sexes are similar.
Ashy Storm-Petrel
Ashy Storm-Petrel: Small seabird, gray-black overall, dark bill, forked tail. Gray wash on underwing coverts are visible at close range. Legs and feet are dark gray. Unlike most storm-petrels, it doesn't travel far from colonies after breeding. Flight is fluttering and direct on shallow wing beats.
Great-winged Petrel
Great-winged Petrel: Large petrel with brown-black body except for pale gray forehead, face, chin, and throat. Bill is black and stout. The legs and feet are black. Feed on fish, squid and crustaceans. In New Zealand it is also known by its Maori name oi and as a muttonbird. AKA Grey-faced Petrel.
Flesh-footed Shearwater
Flesh-footed Shearwater: This is a large, bulky shearwater with a dark brown body and a darker head and tail. The bill is large and pink with a dark tip. The wings are dark with brown-edged coverts that become paler with wear. The legs and feet are pale pink. It feeds on small fish and squid. It has a slow flight, alternating stiff-winged flapping and gliding near water. The sexes are similar.
Cook's Petrel
Cook's Petrel: This small petrel has a slate-gray back and upperwings marked by a black M-pattern, white underparts, under wings, and face with a small dark eye patch, black bill, blue-gray legs and feet, long slender wings, and a gray tail with black-tipped central feathers and white edges. It feeds mostly on fish and squid. Rapid and erratic flight. Sexes are similar.
Black Storm-Petrel
Black Storm-Petrel: Small seabird, brown-black overall with long, dark wings showing pale bar on upper side, and forked tail. The hooked bill is dark and has a tube on top. Legs and feet are black. Flight is mothlike with deep, steady wing beats. Comes closer to shore than most other storm-petrels.
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Wilson's Storm Petrel: This small storm-petrel has a brown-black body, pale brown wing bands and a large, white rump. It has a fine black bill with very pronounced tubes. It feeds mainly on pelagic crustaceans and fish. The wings are short and rounded. The feet extend past the tail in flight. It has a direct flight with steady, shallow wing beats. The sexes are similar in size and coloration.
Streaked Shearwater
Streaked Shearwater: This large shearwater has scaled, dark gray-brown upperparts, white underparts, pale bill and white forehead. White head has variable light to heavy pale brown streaks. Upper tail coverts can be white, forming a pale horseshoe. Legs and feet are pink. Feeds on small fish and squid. Flies with loose angled wings. Light, graceful flapping and gliding. Sexes are similar.
Short-tailed Shearwater
Short-tailed Shearwater: This medium-sized shearwater has a dark brown body and traces of white in the center of the upperwings. It has a short dark bill and dark gray feet that trail slightly behind the rounded tail in flight. Feeds primarily on crustaceans. Alternates strong flaps with long glides; often soars for long periods. Sexes are similar.
Galapagos Petrel
Galapagos Petrel: Medium petrel with dark slate-gray upperparts and white underparts. Sides of neck and underwing margins are dark. Bill is relatively short, black, and hooked. Legs and feet are pink-brown. Tail is white and wedge-shaped. Feeds on suqid, crustaceans, and fish.