Black-bellied Storm-petrel (Fregetta tropica) - HBW 1, p. 268
French: Océanite à ventre noir
German: Schwarzbauch Sturmschwalbe
Spanish: Paíño Ventrinegro
Other common names: Gould's/Striped Storm-petrel
Taxonomy: Thalassidroma tropica Gould, 1844, equatorial regions of Atlantic Ocean.
Sometimes lumped together with sibling F. grallaria, its N counterpart; classification of species and subspecies in genus Fregetta is tentative, especially birds at Tristan da Cunha and Gough I; race melanoleuca may be invalid or may be referable to F. grallaria. Considerable individual variation in plumage tends to obscure geographical variation; most forms described as subspecies usually ascribed to F. grallaria. Two subspecies currently accepted.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- tropica (Gould, 1844) - circumpolar, from islands of Scotia Arc through S Indian Ocean to Antipodes Is.
- melanoleuca Salvadori, 1908 - (?) Tristan da Cunha and Gough I.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 9 videos
A bird in fast flight close to the sea surface Locality Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica (ssp tropica)
John Gregory 5 years ago 10 sec 3.9
A bird in fast flight over the sea (50% speed). Locality Atlantic Ocean (ssp tropica)
Josep del Hoyo 19 April 2012 47 weeks ago 22 sec 3.8
Two birds flying over the sea (50% speed). Locality Atlantic Ocean (ssp tropica)
Josep del Hoyo 19 April 2012 47 weeks ago 19 sec 3.3
In flight low over the sea Locality Scotia Sea (ssp tropica)
Greg Baker 17 February 2005 2 years ago 24 sec 3.3
A bird flying over the sea Locality Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (ssp tropica)
Tom Tarrant 31 March 1996 8 years ago 28 sec 3.1
An individual in flight among the waves, on the ocean (50% speed). Locality Atlantic Ocean (ssp tropica)
Josep del Hoyo 7 April 2012 45 weeks ago 21 sec 3
In flight, showing both upper and underwing as it feeds from the waters surface
Locality Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia (ssp tropica)
ben lascelles 21 October 2007 3 years ago 4.2
An individual in flight over the sea.
Locality Drake Passage (ssp tropica)
Jordi Sargatal 30 March 2012 21 weeks ago 4
Attracted to oil slick on the shelf off Sydney
Locality Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Tony Palliser 31 October 2009 1 year ago 4
Locality Scotia Sea (ssp tropica)
Christophe Gouraud 25 January 2013 6 weeks ago 3.3
Flying along the ship
Locality New Caledonia
Julien Baudat-Franceschi 25 May 2012 38 weeks ago 3.3
Adult flying nearby the ship.
Locality South Georgia (ssp tropica)
Christophe Gouraud 23 October 2010 2 years ago 2.2
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