Puffinus pacificus   (Gmelin,  1789) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 41-46 cm.

Color: Brownish grey.

Habits: Generally known to follow fishing boats, feed on wings, occasionally takes head on dive for food, flight slow and laizy. Congregates with other seabirds while foraging.

Sexes alike, a large, broad winged shearwater with long and wedge-shaped tail, brownish grey face and throat, black primaries, and two color morphs. Dark morph: Entirely grayish underwing, dark bill, long and pointed tail, rounded wing tips. Light morph: Less frequent than dark morph, longer, slender and pointed tail, and whitish underwings.

Synonym (s)
Puffinus pacificus chlororhynchus (Lesson, 1831)
Puffinus chlororhynchus Lesson, 1831
Procellaria pacificus chlororhynchus Lesson, 1831

Common Name (s)
• Wedge-tailed Shearwater (English)
• Brown-headed Gull (English)
• Wedgetailed shearwater (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

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


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Goa, Anjuna Coast INDIA (Record: 20/09/1998, 21/09/1998, 05/10/1998, 12/07/2001, 16/08/2001)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • 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
  • Lainer, H (2004) Birds of Goa : A reference book The Goa Foundation, Goa 244 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • BirdWeb Available at - http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/index.aspx
  • 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 - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%206%20(1).pdf
  • 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 - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%208%20(1).pdf
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at - http://www.itis.gov.
  • Pande S, Sant NR, Ranade SD, PednekarSN, Mestry PG, Kharat S S and Deshmukh V (2007) An ornithological expedition to the Lakshadweep archipelago: Assessment of threats to pelagic and other birds and recommendations Indian Birds 3(1) 2-12pp Available at - http://www.indianbirds.in/pdfs/An%20ornithological%20expedition.pdf
  • Jeyarajasingam (2012) A Field Guid to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore Oxford University press 2nd edition 1-89pp Available at - http://books.google.co.in/books?id=UIh8RwJpYYkC&pg=PA88&dq=Bulweria+bulwerii+in+india&hl=en&sa=X&ei=95b2T66jCcPNrQe_rdXZBg&ved=0CFQQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=Bulweria%20bulwerii%20in%20india&f=false
  • 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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