What are petrels?

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2011-11-15 11:11:52

Petrel : Name given to various ocean birds belonging, like the

albatross and shearwater , to the order of tube nosed swimmers.

Many petrels fly over the waves skinning closely that they give the

appearance of walking on the water. Being tireless fliers by day,

at night they rest on the water; many return to land only to


Two species which frequent the the Atlantic coast of North

America are Wilson's petrel (this also called mother carey's

chickens ), a surface skimmer and habitual boat follower , and

Leach's, which has bounding, erratic flight and breeds on islands

off the New England coast

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