Wilson's Storm Petrel

Oceanites oceanicus (Kuhl, 1820) IO WILPE 500
Family: Procellariiformes > Oceanitidae

Wilsons Storm Petrel, Brendan Doe

One of the most abundant birds in the world, Wilson's Storm Petrel breeds on islands throughout the southern oceans. The increasing popularity of pelagic birding trips has revealed that this species probably winters in large numbers in British & Irish waters.

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846 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
846 records



Wilson's Storm Petrel identification is often difficult.

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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Wilson's Storm Petrels are mostly recorded at sea but there are increasing sightings from headlands in southwest England.

Wilson's Storm Petrel breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK


Wilson's Storm Petrel is an oceanic speciality seen from selected headlands and on pelagic boat trips in late summer and early autumn.

Weekly occurence of Wilson's Storm Petrel from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Wilson's Storm Petrel, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Pedryn Drycin Wilson
Catalan: ocell de tempesta de Wilson
Czech: burnácek Wilsonuv
Danish: Wilsons Stormsvale
Dutch: Wilsons Stormvogeltje
Estonian: lõuna-tormipääsu
Finnish: etelänkeiju
French: Océanite de Wilson
German: Buntfuß-Sturmschwalbe
Hungarian: Wilson-viharfecske
Icelandic: Hafsvala
Irish: Guairdeall Wilson
Italian: Uccello delle tempeste di Wilson
Latvian: Vilsona vetrasburatajs
Lithuanian: margakojis Vilsono audrašauklis
Norwegian: Wilsonstormsvale
Polish: oceannik zóltopletwy
Portuguese: alma-de-mestre / casquilho
Slovak: búrkozvest pestronohý
Slovenian: antarkticni strakoš
Spanish: Paíño de Wilson
Swedish: havslöpare

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