Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea



Distinguishing Characteristics

43 cm. 600 g. Medium sized. Body more or less thick. Wings narrow. Bill gray, relatively long and slender. Entirely sooty gray-brown, head and upperparts darker. Underwings with central and outer coverts forming a white silvery patch. At close range may show paler, grayish chin. Legs gray. Males and females are similar.

Similar Species

Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) is smaller, tail shorter, and the lining of wing is dark, no pale gray. Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) has legs and bill pinkish.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

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