Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Vulnerable

Buller's Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri)


Taxonomy

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

Puffinus bulleri

Salvin

, 1888,

New Zealand

.

Closely related to A. pacifica. Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Descriptive notes

43–47 cm; 278–499 g; wingspan 96–104 cm. Distinctive large, long-tailed, shearwater with boldly patterned upperparts and white underparts. Cap dark... read more

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52569 on 16 October 2018).