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Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel   (Oceanodroma furcate)
Category: Birds



The Fork-tailed storm-petrel is a widespread and abundant pelagic species. They are the only pure grey member of their family – other storm-petrels are predominantly black in color. During breeding season they form colonies, nesting in the cracks and burrows of cliffs; they spend the rest of the year at sea, picking food off the surface of the water while in flight and occasionally diving in pursuit of prey.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Aves
Order - Procellariiformes
Family - Hydrobatidae
Genus - Oceanodroma
Species - O. furcata

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Interesting Animal Facts

“Bird Brain” should be taken as a compliment.

Calling someone a “bird brain” is an insult, but perhaps it should be reconsidered given how many birds display high intelligence and adaptability. For just a few examples, the kea from New Zealand can solve logical puzzles and work with other birds in order to acquire food, observations of Cormorants used by Chinese fishermen indicate that the birds can count up to seven, and many species of birds use simple tools such as sticks to help them acquire food or other items that catch their fancy! There is also a cockatoo named Snowball who can dance to the beat of Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” though whether this indicates intelligence or not may be a matter of debate or personal taste.

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