Hutton's Shearwater (species: Puffinus (Puffinus) huttoni) in Sydney Marine Life (Gaia Guide)
Puffinus (Puffinus) huttoni
Hutton's Shearwater

©S. Duncan Wright: Hutton's Shearwater (Puffinus (Puffinus) huttoni)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Procellariidae
Genus Puffinus
Species Puffinus (Puffinus) huttoni
Status endangered



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • From 35 cm to 38 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Interesting facts

  • These birds sometimes crash-land on roads, apparently mistaking the roads for stretches of open water. (Wikipedia)


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is an endemic breeder of New Zealand, with breeding restricted to only two remaining colonies in the Kaikoura Seaward Ranges, Kaikoura.

During the non-breeding winter months migration occurs to South Australia. Some anecdotal evidence suggests pre-breeding birds circumnavigate Australia in the years leading up to sexual maturity.

Its natural habitats are open seas, and colonies occur within the sub-alpine to alpine range. (Wikipedia)

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