Wedge-tailed Shearwater

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

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 (BirdLife International 2018)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):

Photos:

External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Wedge-tailed Shearwater)

References:
BirdLife International. (2018). Ardenna pacifica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22698175A132631353.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021