Calonectris leucomelas   (Temminck,  1835) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 48 cm, larger than other shearwaters.

Color: Distinguished from other shearwater by pale head contrasting with dark brownish streak (perceivable only at close range) on hindcrown and nape. Upperparts greyish brown, underparts white contrassting with darker primaries, wingtips and carpal area. Bill horn-colored with darker tip, legs flesh-colored.

Habits: Follows fishing boats, makes shallow dives, normally in flocks with other seabirds, seizes fish and squids from the surface.

Sexes alike, a large shearwater with variable dark streaking on white head, dark tipped pale grey bill, white underparts and underwing-coverts and dark brown upperparts.

Synonym (s)
Puffinus leucomelas (Temminck, 1836)
Procellaria leucomelas (Temminck, 1835)

Common Name (s)
• Streaked Shearwater (English)
• White-faced Shearwater (English)
• Whitefronted Shearwater (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats
(Rats, cats and human disturbance may threaten the species and also global climate change may pose threat to the species.)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Open Sea
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Fish and squids.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) Available at -
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Jeyarajasingam (2012) A Field Guid to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore Oxford University press 2nd edition 1-89pp Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of European Birds: An Essential Guide to Bird s of Europe Available at -
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1968) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford university press 1 1-368pp Available at - NIO

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