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Christmas Shearwater - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Christmas Island Shearwater; Kiritimati Shearwater

Puffinus nativitatis

Identification

36cm

  • Dark brown
  • Slightly paler underparts
  • Dark brown underwings
  • Short tail
  • Brown-grey feet

Distribution

Widespread throughout tropical central Pacific Ocean including Christmas Island and surrounding islands.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Pelagic; nests on sandy islands.

Behaviour

Breeding

It nests on the surface. The single white egg is incubated for about 50 days.

Diet

It feeds at sea, and the diet includes squid, goatfish and flying fish.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia

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