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Short-tailed Shearwater

(Puffinus [Ardenna] tenuirostris)
Alternate name(s): "Slender-billed Shearwater", "Bass Strait Muttonbird", "Tasmanian Muttonbird", "Short-tailed Petrel", "Yolla", "Moonbird"
Size: 40-45 cm; wing span 0.9-1.0 m

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Short-tailed Shearwater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

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Short-tailed Shearwaters on coastal water (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cape Banks, La Perouse, NSW, November 2013]

Short-tailed Shearwaters on coastal water (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cape Banks, La Perouse, NSW, November 2013]

Near-lateral view of a Short-tailed Shearwater in low flight, almost touching the water with its wing tip; note the feet protruding beyond the end of the short tail, which is an identifying characteristic of the species
[Point Plomer, Limeburners Creek NP, NSW, October 2013]

Lateral view of a Short-tailed Shearwater in flight
[Point Plomer, Limeburners Creek NP, NSW, October 2013]

View of the underwing pattern of a Short-tailed Shearwater in flight; note that the amount of white visible on the underwing can vary and is not a good diagnostic tool
[Point Plomer, Limeburners Creek NP, NSW, October 2013]

View onto the upperwing pattern of a Short-tailed Shearwater (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cape Banks, La Perouse, NSW, November 2013]

Near-dorsal view onto the upperwing pattern of a Short-tailed Shearwater in flight
[Point Plomer, Limeburners Creek NP, NSW, October 2013]

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