March 27, 2017 – Ringed Storm Petrel or Hornby’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma hornbyi)

These storm petrels are found along the western coast of South America from Ecuador to central Chile. Little is known about their diet, but it probably includes small fish and may include cephalopods and crustaceans. At sea they are often gregarious, forming flocks of up to 60 birds and also joining mixed-species flocks with other storm petrels. The details of their breeding behavior are a mystery, though they are thought to nest in burrows, like other petrels. Some evidence suggests that they may nest inland in Andean canyons and mountains or on salt flats in the Atacama Desert.


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