SPECIES

Markham's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma markhami

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

Priorities for Future Research

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Priorities for Future Research

The main goal of future research for Markham's Storm-Petrel is to discover all the breeding grounds, especially in Southern Peru. Searches should involve surveys through potential habitat (Distribution) that search for evidence of these storm-petrels, such as tracks, feathers, excrement, predator pellets containing storm-petrel bones and feathers (3, 11), and the musty smell given off by many petrels and storm-petrels. Listening for adults and young calling from burrows or overhead at night is also essential.

Understanding the flight routes from the colonies to the sea is essential for planning its conservation, in order to avoid the impact of light pollution, powerlines, and wind farms (11, 14). Other important input would be to have a better understanding of the at-sea foraging areas both in the breeding and the non-breeding seasons (which potentially could reveal conflicts with fisheries). All these targets would be possible by deploying GPS and light-level geolocators tags.

It is also necessary to monitor the population trends of the species, which could be achieved through the use of sound recorders.

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