During 1989-91, as part of a tape-luring programme off the northeast coast of England, the Durham Ringing Group caught some 210 European Storm-petrels Hydrobates pelagicus. Three of these had either a whole leg or at least most of the leg below the tarsal joint missing. This constitutes over 1.4% of all those caught: admittedly not a huge sample, but still a surprisingly large proportion of wild b

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