Petrels & Shearwaters

Procellaridae

All species of these oceanic birds have a single tube along their culmen, which contains the nostrils. This large and diverse family has had 57 species recorded in Australia, none are endemic, although two species are known to breed nowhere else, the Providence Petrel Pterodroma solandri and the Short-tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris. Of the remainder, 15 species are recorded as vagrants and the Pycroft’s Petrel P. pycrofti is considered to no longer occur in Australia.

Short-tailed Shearwater

Short-tailed Shearwater

The Short-tailed Shearwater is dark brown in plumage, the underwing occasionally having traces of white in the center. The tail is rounded and when in flight, the dark grey feet trail slightly behind. This species should not be confused the the Sooty Shearwater A. grisea , which is larger with a longer bill. Immature birds are similar in plumage to the adults. During summer, this is the most...