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  Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas)





Streaked Shearwater | Calonectris leucomelas photo
Streaked shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas) in breeding colony of the Mikura Island.

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STREAKED SHEARWATER FACTS

Description
The Streaked Shearwater is a large sea bird of the open ocean and inshore waters. This shearwater has dark greyish brown upper parts and white underside. The head is white with pale brown streaks. The thick bill is pale grey and the legs and feet are pink. It is often seen with other sea birds.

Size
up to 50 cm length with 120 cm wingspan

Habitat
open ocean and inshore waters

Food
fish and squid

Breeding
nests in burrows on forested hills

Range
Nests is Japan and Korea, and migrates south to feed. It is an uncommon migrant to northern parts of Australia where it is sometimes seen off the north coast

distribution map showing range of Calonectris leucomelas 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:Calonectris
Species:leucomelas
Common Name:Streaked Shearwater