Swinhoe's Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma monorhis)



Related to Leach's Storm-petrel and Ashy Storm-petrel, the three forms clustered within a superspecies by some authorities.


An all dark medium-sized storm-petrel found primarily in the western Pacific and northern Indian Ocean. Recently discovered at a number of localities in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean.

Where and When

Photographs on the web

Series of pictures of one individual photographed on 8 August 1998, 37-42 miles SSE of Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, USA. The photos are on Brian Patteson's excellent pelagic web site. A detailed description of this first photo-documented record for North America can be found in O'Brian et al., 1999.


Bretagnolle, V., Carruthers, M., Cubitt, M., Bioret, F., and Cuillandre, J-P. (1991) Six captures of a dark-rumped, fork-tailed storm-petrel in the northern Atlantic. Ibis 133: p351-356.

Brinkley, ES. (1995) Dark-rumped storm-petrels in the North Atlantic. Birding 27: p95-97

British Birds Rarity Committee Files (1997) The Chalice petrel. British Birds90: p305-313.

Cubitt, M., Carruthers, M., and Zino, F. (1992) Unraveling the mystery of the Tyne Petrel. Birding World 5: p438-442.

Cubitt, M. (1994) The mystery dark-rumped storm-petrel. Birding 26: p125.

Cubitt, M. (1995) Swinhoe's Storm-petrels at Tynemouth: New to Britain and Ireland. British Birds 88: 342-348.

Dawson, R. (1992) Blood, sweat and petrels. Birding World 5: p443-444.

Force, M. (1997) Comments on 'The Chalice petrel'. British Birds90: p339-342.

Gao, Yuan-hong (1988) Preliminary observations on the ecology of Swinhoe's Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis in the Yellow Sea. Chinese Journal of Zoology 5: 26-29.

James, PC., and Robertson, HA (1985) First record of Swinhoe's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma monorhis in the Atlantic Ocean. Ardea 73: p105-106.

King, J. and Minguez, E. (1994) Swinhoe's Petrel: The first Mediterranean record. Birding World 7: p271-273.

Morrison, S. (1998) All-dark petrels in the North Atlantic. British Birds91: p540-560.

O'Brian, M. Patteson, JB., Armistead, GL., Pearce, GB. (1999) Swinhoe's Storm-petrel: First North American photographic record. North American Birds 53(1): p6-10.

Takeshita, M. (1992) [The first record of the Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis in Hyogo Prefecture {Japan}.] Strix 11: 359-360.

Young, SA. and King, JR. (1997) 'The Chalice petrel' revisited. British Birds90: p329-335.

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