Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Scientific Name: Ardenna pacifica
Malay Name: Itik-itik Dahi Putih
Chinese Name: 楔尾鹱

Breeding Range: (PO, IO) widespread


Local Subspecies:

Size: 38-47cm

Identification: Dark morph with dark brown plumage throughout, distinguished from Short-tailed Shearwater by longer toe extension past tail and proportionally longer bill to head ratio. Pale morph with dark brown upperparts, from regionally expected (but still unrecorded) Streaked Shearwater by lack of white on face and presence of black borders on leading edge of the underwing.

Similar looking species: Bulwer’s Petrel, Short-tailed Shearwater

Habitat: Open seas

Behaviour/Ecology: Flight direct, consisting of rapid wing beats interspersed between long glides.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Typically a pelagic species, but both local records were of grounded birds. The first at Woodlands on 22 June 1998, the second record at Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park on 23 June 2021.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link