Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)


Hutton's Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni)


French: Puffin de Hutton German: Huttonsturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela de Hutton

Puffinus reinholdi huttoni


, 1912,

Snares Island, New Zealand


Sometimes considered a race of P. puffinus. Until quite recently, was regularly placed in P. gavia. Monotypic.


New Zealand and Australian waters, breeding in Seaward Kaikoura Range in NE South I (New Zealand).

Descriptive notes

36–38 cm; 242–378 g, or male 305–430 g and female 292·5–425 g during nesting period; wingspan 72–78 cm. Mid-sized to smallish... read more


Considered similar to that of P. gavia and Ardenna grisea. Noisy at colonies but... read more


Marine; prefers waters over continental shelf, mainly offshore. Breeds well inland on mountain... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly small fish (Clupeidae, Myctophidae, averaging c. 40 mm in length) and crustaceans (Nyctiphanes australis), probably mainly... read more


Return to colonies late Aug/Sept (mostly in mid Sept), when ground may still be snow-covered, laying between 23 Oct and 1 Dec (mean 8... read more


Migrates across Tasman Sea to Australia, where some birds apparently move up E coast while others... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Population apparently stable at present, with recent evidence of long-term increase in Kowhai Valley, at annual rate of 1·7% over last 20 years, but that... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Hutton's Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni). 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).