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storm petrel:

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, common name given various oceanic birds belonging, like the albatross and the shearwater, to the order known commonly as tube-nosed swimmers. There are two families of petrels: the storm petrels (Hydrobatidae) and the diving petrels (Pelecanoididae).
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(38.) See Hudson, "Flight of the Stormy Petrel," Atlanta History 17.
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