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Short-tailed Shearwater

From Opus

a.k.a. Muttonbird

Puffinus tenuirostris
Photo by Derek H 42
Photo by Derek H 42


[edit] Identification

40-43 cm.

  • Dark-bellied with pale underwing panel
  • Small, slender bill
  • Snappy wing beats
  • Glides on somewhat arched wings

They have tube like nostrils on the top of their upper beak.

[edit] Similar species

Sooty Shearwater is larger, stiffer in flight, and the pale underwing panel is concentrated on primary coverts in this species.

[edit] Distribution

Breeds on small islands near Australia. In non-breeding season, disperses to northern Pacific and Beering sea, where performing a clock-wise movement ending near California for those birds not hurrying back to breed.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

[edit] Habitat

Small islands

[edit] Behaviour

The diet includes krill, squid and fish.

They excavate burrows for nests and 1 white egg is laid.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from

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