Short-tailed Shearwater (species: Puffinus tenuirostris) in Tomaree NP (Gaia Guide)
Puffinus tenuirostris
Short-tailed Shearwater

©Mike Baird: Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) in flight. The dark stripe over the front of the body is shadow and the brightness of the underwing is likely a product of exposure post-processing.

©J.J. Harrison: Fledgling Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Procellariiformes
Family Procellariidae
Genus Puffinus
Species Puffinus tenuirostris
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • From 40 cm to 45 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • From 95 cm to 100 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is a migratory species that breeds mainly on small islands in Bass Strait and Tasmania and migrates to the Northern Hemisphere for the boreal summer.

Each austral winter, the Shearwaters migrate to the seas off the Aleutian Islands and Kamchatka. In the austral spring, they travel down the coast of California before crossing the Pacific back to Australia. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


Adult birds returning to their burrows at night to feed their chicks.

© Nick Talbot

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