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  Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)





Sooty Shearwater | Puffinus griseus photo
Sooty Shearwater off Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Sooty Shearwater | Puffinus griseus photo
Sooty Shearwater, Morro Bay, California

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SOOTY SHEARWATER FACTS

Description
The Fleshy-footed Shearwater is a large very dark brown petrel. The bill is pale flesh or whitish green tipped with dark grey. The legs and feet are pink.

Size
45cm. Wing span 100cm.

Habitat
oceans and islands. Breeds on some islands off West Australia.

Food
Feeds in groups. dives from surface for fish

Breeding
nest is made of dry vegetation at end of a burrow one to two metres long. Lays one large white egg.

Range
found during warmer months from south-west Western Australia along southern coast and up east coast to south-east Queensland

distribution map showing range of Puffinus griseus in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Procellariiformes
Family:Procellariidae
Genus:Puffinus
Species:griseus
Common Name:Sooty Shearwater

Relatives in same Genus
  Bullers Shearwater (P. bulleri)
  Flesh-footed Shearwater (P. carneipes)
  Pink-footed Shearwater (P. creatopus)
  Fluttering Shearwater (P. gavia)
  Great Shearwater (P. gravis)
  Huttons Shearwater (P. huttoni)
  Audubons Shearwater (P. lherminieri)
  Wedge-tailed Shearwater (P. pacificus)
  Manx Shearwater (P. puffinus)
  Short-tailed Shearwater (P. tenuirostris)