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Sooty Shearwater

(Ardenna grisea)
Alternate name(s): "New Zealand Muttonbird", "Ghost Bird", "King Muttonbird", "Sombre Shearwater"
Size: 40-51 cm; wing span 0.95-1.1 m

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Sooty Shearwater at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-lateral view onto the upperparts of a Sooty Shearwater in flight (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[April 2019]

Lateral view of a Sooty Shearwater in low flight; note the slender bill and the dark head and trailing edge of the wing (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[April 2019]

Lateral/ventral view of a Sooty Shearwater in flight; note the bowed wing tips, which are typical for the species (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[April 2019]

Lateral/ventral view onto the underparts of a Sooty Shearwater in flight (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[April 2019]

Near-dorsal view onto the upperparts of a Sooty Shearwater in flight (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[April 2019]

Near-dorsal view onto the upperparts of a Sooty Shearwater in flight (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[April 2019]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a Sooty Shearwater in flight (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[April 2019]

Dorsal view of a Sooty Shearwater in flight (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[April 2019]

Two Sooty Shearwaters in low flight almost touching the water with their wing tips (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[April 2019]

Dorsal view of two Sooty Shearwaters in low flight almost touching the water with their wing tips (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[April 2019]

Lateral comparison of a Sooty Shearwater with a Mottled Petrel in flight (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[April 2019]

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