Pincoya storm petrel

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Pincoya storm petrel
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Oceanitidae
Genus: Oceanites
O. pincoyae
Binomial name
Oceanites pincoyae
Harrison et al., 2013[1]

The Pincoya storm petrel (Oceanites pincoyae) is a sea bird of the storm petrel family. The specific name commemorates the Pincoya, a female water spirit of the Chilote mythology. After being first brought to the attention of the world from photographs taken by Seamus Enright and Michael O'Keeffe in 2009 this species was finally formally discovered and examined in 2011 and scientifically described in 2013. It is known "only from waters near Chiloé Island (Reloncavi Sound and the Chacao Channel), Chile".[2]


The holotype, a female, which was captured, examined, and released afterwards on 19 February 2011 has the following measurements: head and bill length 32.9 mm, exposed culmen length 11.5 mm, bill length from gape 12 mm, flattened wing length from chord 134 mm, tarsus length 31 mm, mid-toe length (with claws) 26.5 mm, tail length 57 mm, wing span 330 mm and a mass of 24 g. Two paratypes, a juvenile female and a male which were originally identified as Wilson's storm petrels (Oceanites oceanicus) and collected by Argentinian ornithologist Andor Kovács at El Bolsón, Argentina in 1972 and 1983 have the following measurements: the wing length of the juvenile female is 138 mm, the tail length 61 mm, the tarsus length 31.5 mm, the culmen length is 9.5 mm, the mid-toe length is 26 mm, the wing length of the male is 137 mm, the tail length is 53 mm, the tarsus length 30.5 mm, the exposed culmen length is 10 mm and the mid-toe length is 27 mm.

The head, mantle, scapulars, back and upper rump are blackish-brown. The nape, mantle and scapulars, back and upper rump are washed silvery-gray. Some scapulars and the longest tertials have narrow but distinct white edges.


  1. ^ Harrison, Peter; Sallaberry, Michel; Gaskin, Chris P.; Baird, Karen A.; Jaramillo, Alvaro; Metz, Shirley M.; Pearman, Mark; O'Keeffe, Michael; Dowdall, Jim; Enright, Seamus; Fahy, Kieran (2013-01-01). "A New Storm-Petrel Species from Chile". The Auk. 130 (1): 180–191. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.12071. ISSN 0004-8038.
  2. ^ Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015. Downloaded from