Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)


Buller's Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri)


French: Puffin de Buller German: Graumantel-Sturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela dorsigrís

Puffinus bulleri


, 1888,

New Zealand


Closely related to A. pacifica. Monotypic.


Temperate Pacific Ocean, breeding on islands off N New Zealand: Poor Knights, Simmonds (Motu Puruhi) and perhaps Three Kings#R.

Descriptive notes

42–47 cm; 278–499 g; wingspan 96–107 cm. Distinctive large, long-tailed, shearwater with boldly patterned upperparts and white underparts. Cap dark... read more


High-pitched and far-carrying wailing, screaming or howling calls given both in flight and on... read more


Marine and pelagic, showing marked preference for waters around Subtropical Convergence. Nests on... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly fish, squid and crustaceans (especially Nyctiphanes australis), with the first- and last-named being most important in the... read more


First arrival at colonies around 10 Sept and breeding sites virtually fully occupied with c. 1 week, followed by pre-laying exodus lasting... read more


Transequatorial migrant. During breeding season, species is concentrated N of Subtropical... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Total population estimated at 2,500,000 birds in 1981, when c. 200,000 pairs were breeding on Aorangi I (Poor Knight Is); also known to breed on Tawhiti Rahi and... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Buller's Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).