Sooty Shearwater (species: Puffinus griseus) in Sydney Marine Life (Gaia Guide)
Puffinus griseus
Sooty Shearwater

©Sabine's Sunbird: Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)

©Mike Baird: Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Procellariidae
Genus Puffinus
Species Puffinus griseus
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

This shearwater is identifiable by its dark plumage, which is responsible for its name. In poor viewing conditions, it looks all black, but in good light, it shows as dark chocolate-brown a silvery strip along the center of the underwing. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 51 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 110 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: abundant

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