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Rapa Shearwater - BirdForum Opus

Puffinus myrtae


33 cm. Black above and white below, black half-collar, black undertail-coverts and thighs, white flank patch extending to side of rump. Underwing black around leading and trailing borders sharply demarcated from central white areas.


Breeds on Rapa Island (Austral Islands).


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly considered conspecific with Townsend's Shearwater and Newell's Shearwater.


Rocky burrows, bushy areas at forest edge.


It nests in rocky burrows.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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