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European storm petrel

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: European storm-petrels (Hydrobates pelagicus) are found in the open ocean. They rarely venture into oceanic waters that are over 1,000m deep. In strong winds this species will feed in the shelter of breakwaters when they are forced close to shore.

Distribution Found all along the coast of Namibia as far north as Cape Fria.

Diet: Hovers or patters to grab prey with bill. Often seen near fishing vessels to feed on scraps, an important source of food. Eats small fish, pelagic crustaceans, jellyfish and squid.

Description Very small storm-petrel with a short, rounded tail. Short and rounded wings. Hydrobates is Greek for 'water-treader' referring to the pattering foraging behaviour. Blackish-brown plumage which is slightly darker than Wilson's storm-petrel. Pelagicus is Latin for 'of the high seas'.

Breeding: Migrant visitor to Namibia from around October to April.

Size: 18cm. Weight: 30g. Wingspan: 38cm.

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

Self Catering Namibia