Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes



Distinguishing Characteristics

45.5 - 48 cm. 110 - 120 cm wingspan. 590 g. Large, bulky. Bill pale pink with dark tip. Plumage brown-chocolate, darker on head and tail. Underwings with flight feathers paler. Legs flesh with outer areas brownish. Males and females are similar.

Similar Species

It is very similar to Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus), but differs by being more bulky, have a clear bill (pink) with dark tip, uniform chocolate coloration overall, the lower wing lining is completely dark, the wings are broader and flight with slow and forced wing beats. Other similar species, but darker color and much larger wingspan are White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis) and Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica). Both have a more robust and yellow bill.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Flesh-footed Shearwater (Ardenna carneipes), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/flfshe