Pink-footed Shearwater Ardenna creatopus


The Pink-footed Shearwater is a large shearwater of the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is distinctive within its range, with flesh-colored feet and bill, pale underparts, and brown upperparts. It breeds on the Juan Fernández Islands and Mocha Island off central Chile and disperses northward to wintering areas in the eastern North Pacific Ocean. Pairs nest colonially in burrows, where they lay a single egg. Breeding sites are generally on forested slopes, while at sea this species prefers offshore waters. It preys on fish, squid, and crustaceans both by seizing them at the surface and plunging from the air.

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Recommended Citation

Pink-footed Shearwater (Ardenna creatopus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: