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Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes

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This large, dark shearwater barely reaches Neotropical offshore waters, occurring rarely during migration and winter off northwest Mexico, and strictly as a vagrant elsewhere in the region. It breeds on islands in the southern Indian Ocean and southwest Pacific, ranging regularly into the northeast Pacific from Alaska through central California, becoming notably rare south of there. Distinguished with caution from Sooty Shearwater by larger size, slower wingbeats, entirely dark underwing coverts, and pinkish bill with dark tip. Beware confusion with dark extreme Pink-footed Shearwater, which shares similar size, shape, and flight style.

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

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