Pelagodroma marina hypoleuca (Webb, Berthelot & Mouquin-Tandon, 1841)
Endemic Subspecies of Macaronesia
Red Data Book Status
A small seabird with a dark “mask” on its face colored white and grey. The legs are long and yellow that able the specie to have a characteristic flight which seems to “Jump” from the sea surface. Due to the small size and the pelagic behavior it is very difficult species to observe.
A sound similar to a kooo, koo, that can be heard from the nest.
This seabird breeds on remote islands and nests in burrows on flat sand areas with low herbaceous vegetation. In Selvagens islands the birds arrive in December and leave the breeding ground in August. It feeds on planktonic crustaceans, small fish and also feed on squid.
The species is present in the archipelagos of Canaries, Cape Verde and Madeira. In the Madeira and Canaries occurs the subspecies hipoleuca. In the archipelago of Madeira is only present on the Selvagens islands with a large population estimated in 36.000 breeding pairs on Selvagem Grande.
The colony of Selvagem Grande represents the northern limit of its worldwide distribution.
Selvagens Islands © AIFagundes
May 2012 - Madeira Island © Birds & Company
 del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A.; Sargatal, J. 1992. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 1: Ostrich to Ducks. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
 Equipa Atlas 2008. Atlas das Aves Nidificantes em Portugal (1999-2005). Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e da Biodiversidade, Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves, Parque Natural da Madeira e Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e do Mar. Assírio & Alvim. Lisboa.
 Campos AR, Granadeiro JP. 1999. Breeding biology of the White-faced storm-petrel on Selvagem Grande Island, North-East Atlantic. Waterbirds. 22:199–206.
 Mullarney, Killian; Svensson, Lars; Zetterstrom, Dan; Grant, Peter (1999). Collins Bird Guide. London: Collins.
 Robb, M., Mullarney, K. & The Sound Approach. 2008. Dorset, UK: The Sound Approach. 300 pp.
Nº Identified Bird Species: 10
Locations: Lugar de Baixo, Ribeira de Machio, Pico do Areeiro, Ribeiro FrioRead more...
Nº Identified Bird Species: 12
Locations: Lugar de Baixo, Ribeira da Janela, São Vicente, Ribeira de Machico, Ponta do SolRead more...