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Leachs Petrel

Nesting on remote Scottish Islands it can be seen from time to time around the Dorset coast 

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Common Name Leachs Petrel
Scientific Name Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Species Group Birds Shearwaters Petrels Auks and Cormorants
Status Rare
Interest Level
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
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A seabird the size of a starling with dark brown plumage and a white rump

Identification Notes


  • This is a rare species and statistically you are unlikely to see it but if you do ...

  • Try and get a second opinion if you can and/or try to get the best photograph you can

  • Be sure to report the sighting to the Dorset Bird Club saying where you saw it and why you think it was this species

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Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

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Birds Shearwaters Petrels Auks and Cormorants