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Petrel, Black bird pictures


Petrel, Black bird picturesBLACK PETREL
107. Oceanodroma melania. 7 1/2 inches.

These birds are sooty black all over, lacking the white rump of the two or three preceding. All of the Petrels have a very offensive musky odor, which is always noticeable about an island inhabited by them.

The skins and eggs of the birds always retain this odor.

Nest. - Made in burrows similar to the others, but sometimes containing a small amount of nesting material; grass and roots.

Range. - Southern California southward to Mexico.