Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Least Concern

Short-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna tenuirostris)


French: Puffin à bec grêle German: Kurzschwanz-Sturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela de Tasmania

Procellaria tenuirostris


, 1836,

seas north of Japan and shores of Korea




Pacific and S Indian Oceans, breeding in Tasmania and S Australia (bulk of population in SE).

Descriptive notes

40–45 cm; 480–930 g; wingspan 91–100 cm. Cap to below eye dark sooty-brown or dark sooty-grey, becoming slightly paler over rest of upperparts, darker... read more


Like A. grisea is noisy at colonies but primarily calls from ground, not in flight, and... read more


Marine; occurring in inshore, offshore and, to lesser degree, pelagic waters. Breeds mainly on... read more

Food and feeding

Fish (Mallotus villosus, Ammodytes hexapterus, Sardinops sagax, Trachurus declivis, Engraulis... read more


Starts Oct, though arrives at colonies from mid Sept, and these are fully occupied by 25 Sept, with pre-laying exodus (sometimes complete,... read more


Transequatorial migrant. During breeding season also wanders over large areas of ocean as, although... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant and widespread, potentially one of the most numerous of all tubenoses, with total population estimated at 13,100,000–... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Short-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna tenuirostris). 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 26 February 2020).