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Elliot's Storm Petrel
Elliots Storm-petrel off Isabella Galapagos Islands Ecuador-june11
soaring over the water.
Information
Common Name White-vented Storm Petrel
Range There are two subspecies, Oceanites oceanicus gracilis, which is found in the Humboldt Current off Peru and Chile, and Oceanites oceanicus galapagoensis, which is found in the waters around the Galápagos Islands.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Hydrobatidae
Genus Oceanites
Species Oceanites gracilis
Conservation Status
DDSpecies
Data Deficient

The Elliot's storm petrel (Oceanites gracilis), also known as the white-vented storm petrel, There are two subspecies, Oceanites oceanicus gracilis, which is found in the Humboldt Current off Peru and Chile, and Oceanites oceanicus galapagoensis, which is found in the waters around the Galápagos Islands. It is a sooty-black storm petrel with a white rump. It has long legs which extend beyond the body in flight.

In spite of the frequent sightings of this species it is very poorly known; only one nest has ever been found. The feeding behaviour of the Galapagos subspecies is unusual amongst storm-petrels as it forages close to shore; all other storm-petrels are exclusively pelagic.

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