Flesh-footed Shearwater

Ardenna carneipes

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

FFSH

Code 6

PUFCAR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Flesh-footed Shearwater is classified as Least Concern at this time. The previous rating of this bird species was Lower Risk, which was downgraded to the current evaluation. There is some evidence to suggest that the Flesh-footed Shearwater may be facing dangers in Australia as a result of fishing, but its range is still quite large around the globe. The population of this bird species at this time is estimated to be around 650,000 individual birds. At present, the global population of the Flesh-footed Shearwater is not thought to be in danger.

SUMMARY

Overview

Flesh-footed Shearwater: This is a large, bulky shearwater with a dark brown body and a darker head and tail. The bill is large and pink with a dark tip. The wings are dark with brown-edged coverts that become paler with wear. The legs and feet are pale pink. It feeds on small fish and squid. It has a slow flight, alternating stiff-winged flapping and gliding near water. The sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Flesh-footed Shearwater: Breeds on islands off the coast of western Australia, on Lord Howe Island east of Australia, and in New Zealand. Summer visitor from the southern coast of Alaska down the Pacific coast to the Baja Peninsula; rarely as far south as California. Pelagic, comes ashore only to breed.

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Flesh-footed Shearwater SONGS AND CALLS

Flesh-footed Shearwater T1

Aggressive vocalization while defending food.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Gug-gug-gug","ku-koo-ah"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In the non-breeding season, the Flesh-footed Shearwater inhabits the open ocean. It prefers to keep to warm waters, not commonly venturing as far north as many other shearwater species.
  • They are closely related to Pink-footed Shearwaters, and some authorities consider them to be the same species.
  • With the spread of introduced predators these birds survive best on islands without mammalian predators.
  • A group of shearwaters are collectively known as an "improbability" of shearwaters.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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