Puffinus griseus   (Gmelin,  1789) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

Image copyright: Bill Hubick

Length: 41 cm

Color: Blackish brown above and greyish-brown beneath, with the under wing coverts greyish-white. Bill has blackish-grey color.

Breeds mostly during October-May in southern South America. Eggs are laid usually in late November. Clutch size is 1. Incubation lasts about 56 days

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Sooty Shearwater (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Harvesting young birds or 'muttonbirding' currently accounts for the take of around a quarter of a million birds annually, but is unlikely to account for the scale of the decline. Populations are no longer ravaged by pelagic drift-nets which formerly drowned up to 350,000 birds annually. Longline fisheries are responsible for large numbers of deaths of this and many other seabird species.)

Habitat:  Open Sea
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  fish, crustacea and cephalopods
Predator:  Rats (Rattus rattus and R. Norvegicus)
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened


Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at - http://www.itis.gov.
  • Myers, P; Espinosa, R; Parr, CS; Jones, T; Hammond, GS and Dewey, TA (2006) Animal diversity web Available at - http://animaldiversity.org.
  • Gibbon-Hill CA, Campbell B, Campbell R and Prytherch R (1976) A guide to the birds of the coast Constable and Company Ltd 13-283pp Available at - Goa University
  • Encyclopedia of Life Available at - http://www.eol.org/

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