French: Puffin de la Nativité German: Weihnachtssturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela de Navidad
Other common names:
Christmas Island Shearwater
Puffinus (Nectris) nativitatis
Christmas Island, Pacific Ocean
Tropical and subtropical C Pacific from Hawaii S to Phoenix Is, thence E to Marquesas Is, Easter I and Salas y Gómez I.
33–38 cm; 270–415 g; wingspan 83–90 cm. Mid-sized, slim, all-dark shearwater. Plumage entirely dark chocolate-brown, sometimes with greyish hue;... read more
Only described vocalizations (contexts unknown) are a bisyllabic drawn-out, swelling moan, lasting... read more
Marine and pelagic; occurs over warm waters, generally keeping away from land, except near colonies... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fish and especially squid, with only minor proportions of crustaceans. Squid predominate by volume on Kiritimati (71%) and in Hawaii... read more
Season variable, starting Mar in Hawaii and late Mar to early May on Johnston Atoll, but apparently year-round in some areas, e.g.... read more
Presumably disperses over tropical and subtropical waters, though some populations are probably... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, with total population numbering perhaps 50,000 breeding pairs and 150,000 breeding pairs; exact size of population,... read more
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