Also known as Brown-beaked Petrel, Brown-beaked
Shearwater, Forster's Petrel or Forster's Shearwater
Similar to Hutton's Shearwater and certain subspecies of Little Shearwater. Underiwng pattern variable, although generally more extensive pale areas than very similar Hutton's Shearwater. Undertail coverts white and legs and feet pink.
Flight style fairly typical of the smaller
shearwaters with bursts of rapid wing beats followed by short glides.
Where and When
Endemic to New Zealand. Breeds on islands off the North Island of New Zealand and in the Cook Strait and adjacent Malborough Sound. The world population was estimated at 100,000 pairs in the 1980s.
Non-breeders disperse to southern and eastern
coasts of Australia (as far north as New Caledonia) as well as waters around
Tasmania. Often gregarious at sea, either with its own kind or other seabirds.
Has occured at Vanuatu.
Photographs on the web
Taking flight showing underwing and vent Photo by Tony Palliser, taken off Wollongong in October.
Another more distant bird taking
flight showing underwing and vent Photo by Tony Palliser, taken off
Sydney in January.
Shirihai, H. and Jarrett, B. (2002) A complete
Guide to Antarctic Wildlife: the birds and marine mammals of the Antarctic
Continent and Southern Ocean. Alula Press, Degerby, Finland.