Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Scientific Name: Ardenna pacifica

Malay Name: Itik-itik Dahi Putih

Chinese Name: 楔尾鹱

Range:

Ranges throughout the tropical Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Taxonomy:

Monotypic.

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: Short-tailed Shearwater, Bulwer’s Petrel

Habitat: Open seas.

Behaviour/Ecology:

Flight direct, consisting of rapid wing beats interspersed between long glides.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Photos:

External Links:

Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page

Photos: Oriental Bird Images

Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link

Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link