Markham's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma markhami

Fernando Medrano, Jacob Drucker, and Alvaro Jaramillo
Version: 2.0 — Published October 29, 2020

Movements and Migration

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Very little information available on movements. During the breeding season, it visits the colonies at night, apparently flying between the sea and the colonies through canyons in the Atacama Desert (11), but further research is needed to confirm this. Non-breeding season movements are scarcely studied, but it apparently moves northward until it hits tropical waters; sub-adults appear to move farther than adults (15). The largest concentrations at-sea near the breeding colonies are reported during the breeding season (11, 15).

Dispersal and Site Fidelity

No information available.

Migration Overview

Unknown. Birds of each colony could migrate to different areas. Presumably, migrates offshore, to tropical waters in the Pacific (15), but this information must be confirmed through the deployment of light-level geolocators.

Timing and Routes of Migration

No information available, but the birds of the colonies of Paracas, Arica and Salar de Quiña likely leave the area near the breeding colonies between January-April, while the birds of the colonies of Caleta Buena and Salar Grande probably leave the area near the breeding colony between May-November (11). However, to confirm these hypotheses, birds should be tracked with light-level geolocators.

Migratory Behavior

No information available.

Control and Physiology of Migration

No information available.

Recommended Citation

Medrano, F., J. Drucker, and A. Jaramillo (2020). Markham's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma markhami), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, S. M. Billerman, and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.maspet.02