French: Puffin volage German: Flattersturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela gavia
J. R. Forster
Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand
New Zealand waters and Tasman Sea W to S Australia, breeding on islands off NE North I and in Cook Strait (New Zealand).
31–37 cm; 225–425 g; wingspan 76 cm. Rather small dark brown and whitish shearwater. Cap to ear-coverts and rest of upperparts fairly uniform dark dull brown,... read more
Only really noisy at colonies, although occasionally vocalizes at sea, giving soft chattering... read more
Marine; more frequent than other shearwaters inshore, frequenting small bays and harbours; only... read more
Food and feeding
Little known; mainly small fish (Engraulis, Sardinops) and crustaceans (Nyctiphanes australis). Prey taken by... read more
Egg-laying early Sept to mid Oct, following main return to colony in Aug, although adults may visit burrows year-round; pre-laying exodus c... read more
Partial migrant. Adults apparently fairly sedentary; immatures move S to South I, New Zealand, or... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population unknown, but may number at least 100,000 individuals (based on estimates in 1980s); poorly known, although breeds on... read more
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