Little Shearwater (species: Puffinus (Puffinus) assimilis) in Sydney Marine Life (Gaia Guide)
Puffinus (Puffinus) assimilis
Little Shearwater


©NSW Government, Australia: Little Shearwater (Puffinus (Puffinus) assimilis) chick
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Procellariidae
Genus Puffinus
Species Puffinus (Puffinus) assimilis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

This bird looks like a flying cross, with its wings held at right angles to the body, and it changes from black to white as the black upperparts and white undersides are alternately exposed as it travels low over the sea. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 30 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 67 cm


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Little Shearwater (Puffinus (Puffinus) assimilis)

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