Definition of storm petrel in English:

storm petrel

Line breaks: storm pet¦rel
Pronunciation: /ˈstɔːmpɛtr(ə)l
 
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noun

  • A small seabird of the open ocean, typically having blackish plumage and a white rump, and formerly believed to be a harbinger of bad weather.
    • Family Hydrobatidae: several genera and many species, e.g. Hydrobates pelagicus of the NE Atlantic and Mediterranean
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    • There are or have been several great blue heron, cormorant, puffin, black guillemot, razorbill, and storm petrel breeding colonies on the islands.
    • The 120-foot lighthouse, with its 170 worn wooden steps, is a great vantage point for birders who come to see grebes, gannets, skuas and the occasional shearwater or storm petrel on their migratory route through Scandinavia.
    • Some, like the tiny Leach's storm petrel, feed offshore on bioluminescent plankton - so are particularly drawn to light.

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