Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)


Pink-footed Shearwater (Ardenna creatopus)


French: Puffin à pieds roses German: Rosafuß-Sturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela patirrosa

Puffinus creatopus


, 1864,

San Nicolas Island, California


Sometimes considered conspecific with A. carneipes, and has been suggested to be merely a pale form at end of W–E cline; these two are probably closely related to A. gravis. Monotypic.


E Pacific Ocean, breeding in Juan Fernández Is on Robinson Crusoe I (formerly Más a Tierra I), Santa Clara I and Morro Viñilla; also on Mocha I (off WC Chile).

Descriptive notes

45–48 cm; 576–879 g; wingspan 109–118 cm. Large, polymorphic, brownish shearwater with white abdomen and rather pale bill. Grey-brown cap to below... read more


Calls on breeding grounds apparently not dissimilar to that of Puffinus puffinus, but... read more


Marine and pelagic, preferring offshore waters over continental shelf. Breeds on oceanic islands,... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly fish and squid, with minor quantities of crustaceans. Feeds mainly by surface-seizing and pursuit-plunging; may apparently... read more


Poorly known. Starts Nov with return to colony, most lay eggs in Dec, hatching late Jan or early Feb and fledging mostly in Apr/May.... read more


Migrates N through E Pacific (mainly well offshore, thus unrecorded off Costa Rica and Panama) to... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Size of population unknown, but presumably fairly numerous, given abundance in wintering zone, where up to c. 130,000 birds reported off C California and 400,000... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Pink-footed Shearwater (Ardenna creatopus). 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 5 April 2020).