Short-tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris



Distinguishing Characteristics

40.5 - 43 cm. 91 - 96 cm wingspan. 540 g. Medium size. Bill and legs gray. Plumage dark sooty gray-brown; darker on head and upperparts. Chin often whitish. Occasionally show traces of white in the center of upperwings. Underwings with a pale gray flash on central and outer coverts. Tail rounded. Males and females are similar.

Similar Species

Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) has the bill slightly longer and a strong white on underwings. Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) has noticeably longer tail.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

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