Flesh-footed Shearwaters Puffinus carneipes

The Flesh-footed Shearwater, Puffinus carneipes,is a small shearwater that has black plumage, pale pinkish feet, and a pale bill with a black tip.

Flesh-footed Shearwater, Puffinus carneipes

Flesh-footed Shearwater, Puffinus carneipes

It breeds in colonies and has two main breeding areas:

  1. In the South West Pacific Ocean: Lord Howe Island (20,000 to 40,000 pairs) and northern New Zealand (50,000 to 100,000 pairs)
  2. Along the coast of Western Australia from Cape Leeuwin to the Recherche Archipelago.
  3. Another 600 pairs breed on St. Paul Island in the Indian Ocean.

The Flesh-footed Shearwater occurs as a summer visitor in the North Pacific Ocean as far north as British Columbia. They have also been sighted in the Central-North Pacific, above the main Hawaiian Islands.

Flesh-footed Shearwater, Puffinus carneipes
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