Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)


Heinroth's Shearwater (Puffinus heinrothi)


French: Puffin de Heinroth German: Heinrothsturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela de Heinroth

Puffinns [sic] heinrothi


, 1919,

Blanche Bay, New Britain


Often included in P. lherminieri; sometimes, alternatively, in P. assimilis. Monotypic.


Bismarck and Solomon Seas, breeding on Bougainville, Kolombangara and Rendova#R (Solomon Is). Historic data suggest breeding on New Britain (Bismarck Archipelago)#R.

Descriptive notes

27 cm; 82 g (starving fledgling); wingspan 59 cm. Small and slender, long-billed and long-tailed, mostly dark shearwater; size is similar to that of Black Noddy (... read more


Wholly unknown.


Marine, presumably pelagic. Probably breeds inland, as two birds reported in mountainous country on... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet available, but has been observed foraging close inshore with other seabirds, e.g. noddies (Anous), while... read more


No information available. No nests located to date. A recently fledged bird was caught inland on Bougainville in Aug.


No information available, but records in Bismarck Sea, including off N New Guinea, are mainly (or... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Population most recently estimated at 250–999 mature individuals. Very poorly known; breeding grounds not yet discovered. Historic specimens are from Watom... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Heinroth's Shearwater (Puffinus heinrothi). 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 9 April 2020).