Wilson’s Storm-Petrel

Wilson’s Storm-Petrel is a small seabird that belongs to the family Hydrobatidae. It measures about 15cm in length and has a wingspan of approximately 38cm. This tiny bird weighs only around 25 grams, making it one of the smallest seabirds in the world. Despite its size, this bird holds an impressive range and can travel thousands of miles during migration.

Where To Find This Bird
Wilson’s Storm-Petrels are found mostly in the Southern Hemisphere but also inhabit some parts of North America as well. They can be found on rocky islands and remote coastal cliffs in temperate oceans worldwide. During breeding season, they often gather into large flocks on these islands where there is abundant food for them to feed their young.

Habitat
These birds prefer habitats like sub-antarctic waters or upwelling zones where cold currents converge with warm tropical waters causing an abundance in nutrients which supports vast populations of fish and squid- primary prey for Wilson’s storm-petrels.

Food
Being predominantly nocturnal hunters, these birds feed mostly at night by using their keen sense of smell to detect krill, crustaceans or small fishes from the surface water by following scent trails over many kilometers distance -all without using eyesight! The entire species survives on planktonic organisms such as copepods (tiny shrimplike creatures) regularly supplemented with fish eggs or mollusks when possible.

Cool Facts
Despite being such tiny creatures themselves, Wilson’s storm-petrels have been known to prey upon larger marine animals like jellyfish or even octopus if given opportunity.
This bird is named after Alexander Wilson who discovered it while studying American ornithology.
They breed once per year laying just one white egg between January – March before returning out into open sea.
In order to avoid waves battering against rocks during nesting period storm petrels will burrow deep into cracks and crevices, often going many metres underground to avoid the crashing surf.

In conclusion, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel is a fascinating seabird that lives in some of the remotest parts of the world. It may be small, but it has an impressive range and can travel great distances during migration periods. Their unique hunting methods make them one of the most interesting birds out there. These creatures have established themselves as a vital part of many marine ecosystems and continue to thrive despite ongoing threats from habitat destruction and climate change.