Wilson’s Petrel Oceanites oceanicus   [Kuhl, 1820]

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Order: Procellariiformes Family: Hydrobatidae
BTO Codes: , WILPE EURING No: 500
Number in Britain: 9 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not evaluated
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Visitor
Subspecies: undetermined recorded in Britain (of 2 subsp. in the world)
Length: 17 cm Wingspan: 40 cm Weight: M: 40 g   F: . g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: Okeanitesthe three thousand sea-nymphs, daughters of Okeanus and L.: oceanus=the ocean
World Distribution: BREEDS: is of s oceans & Antarctica, RANGES: widely through Atlantic, Indian & e Pacific oceans
Habitat: Pelagic, breeds in island burrows & crevices
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Cornwall, 1838 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 425 Summary of Records by Year
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Other Names

Wilson’s Petrel
Gaelic: Welsh: Pedryn Wilson
Danish: Wilsons stormsvale Dutch: Wilsons stormvogeltje
Finnish: Merikiitäjä French: Pétrel de Wilson
German: Buntfüssige Sturmschwalbe Hungarian: Wilson viharfecskéje
Icelandic: Hafsvala Irish: Guairdeall Wilson
Italian: Uccello delle tempeste di Wilson Norwegian: Wilsonstormsvale
Polish: Oceannik zóltopletwy Portuguese: Paino-casquilho
Spanish: Paiño de Wilson Swedish: Havslöpare

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Books and Monographs:
   Brooke, M. de L. 2004 Albatrosses and petrels across the world Oxford University Press, Oxford [598.44 BRO]
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