At a Glance
Among the hordes of Sooty Shearwaters off our Pacific Coast, this larger bird is sometimes seen, especially in fall. It is closely related to the Pink-footed Shearwater, and resembles it in shape and habits.
All bird guide text and rangemaps adapted from Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman© 1996, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Gull-like Birds, Shearwaters and Petrels
Alaska and The North, California, Northwest, Western Canada
Range & Identification
19 1/2" (50 cm). W. 3'3 (1 m). Bigger than Sooty Shearwater, with slower, more loping wingbeats. Looks more uniformly dark brown, without underwing flash. Thick bill is pale pink at base, and feet are the same color.
About the size of a Crow, About the size of a Mallard or Herring Gull
Black, Brown, Pink
Broad, Long, Pointed, Tapered
Pointed, Rounded, Wedge-shaped
Songs and Calls
Usually silent at sea.
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