Black-vented Shearwater Puffinus opisthomelas

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The Black-vented Shearwater is a small tubenose that is endemic to the Pacific Coast of North America.  Specifically, it breeds only off the west coast of Mexico, though the species disperses north to California waters as well as south to southern Central American waters during the nonbreeding season; the species typically remains nearshore, with many birds feeding within 25 km of the shoreline.  Black-vented Shearwaters are dark grayish brown above with a dusky face, neck, and undertail coverts, white underparts and underwings with smudgy dark markings in the wingpit.  The species is currently considered to be near threatened because of the threats of introduced mammals and human activities.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: