It is a pelagic bird, nests on the shores and islands of the west and center of the southern Australia, outer islands at northern New Zealand and Howe Island on western Pacific. This shearwater is highly migratory. The Australian population is displaced by the Indian Ocean reaching the African coasts, while the eastern population migrates north along the Pacific during the austral winter, reaching the coasts of Japan and the Hawaiian Islands, moving toward the east to the North American coast from British Columbia to California, to come back again across Ecuador to their breeding territories in the Southwest Pacific.
It is a visitor in Mexican waters, uncommon to rare from Baja California to Colima and vicinity of Islas Revillagigedo, is rare in Gulf of California. It is considered abundant in several breeding sites. Global population has been estimated in approximately 650,000 individuals.