Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Near Threatened

Flesh-footed Shearwater (Ardenna carneipes)


French: Puffin à pieds pâles German: Blassfuß-Sturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela paticlara

Puffinus carneipes


, 1844,

small islands off Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia


Sometimes considered conspecific with A. creatopus; the two are probably closely related to A. gravis. Birds from Lord Howe I and New Zealand may merit separation as race hulliana, on grounds of different migratory routes and slight size differences. Monotypic.


Indian and Pacific Oceans, breeding on St Paul I (S Indian Ocean) and SW Australia, with single isolated colony in South Australia; breeds also on Lord Howe I (off E Australia) and on islands off North I and in Cook Strait (New Zealand).

Descriptive notes

40–48 cm; 533–765 g; wingspan 99–116 cm. Large, broad-winged, entirely dark shearwater with relatively robust pale bill. Plumage blackish-brown overall... read more


Principally vocalizes at night, from within burrows, on ground or in flight, but occasionally by... read more


Marine and pelagic; mainly in offshore waters over continental shelf. Breeds on vegetated (scrub-... read more

Food and feeding

Little known; squid and fish recorded, and these are probably chief dietary constituents, at least during breeding season, but evidence... read more


Starts late Sept/early Oct with return to colony, egg-laying c. 21 Nov to 12 Dec and fledging late Apr/early May. Strictly nocturnal at... read more


Migratory. Ringing results show that birds from Lord Howe I move N to winter off E Korea mainly Apr... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Previously thought to number several hundred thousand birds, perhaps 220,000 pairs and 650,000 individuals.... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Flesh-footed Shearwater (Ardenna carneipes). 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 22 February 2020).