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Audubon's Shearwater

Puffinus lherminieri



Audubon's Shearwater Mary Scott

Audubon's Shearwater by Mary Scott

Breeds Northern Hemisphere
Audubon' Shearwater is widespread in tropical oceans. In the Atlantic it breeds at the West Indies and Bahama Islands.

Not attracted to ships and rarely attracted to chum or offal. (Olney 2007).

Where To See
Prefers warmer water so usually seen June through early September south of Cape Cod and more likely in one of the core of warm Gulf Stream water frequently in the area south of Cape Cod. Sometimes identified from land on Cape Cod following high winds. To look for this bird, take a continental shelf edge trip anytime during the summer.

In the New England area you need to separate Audubon's from Manx Shearwater and from Little Shearwater.

Audubon’s Shearwater does not show the white "C" mark behind the eye characteristic of the Manx Shearwater.

The trailing edge of the under wing of the Audubon’s shows broader dark margines.

The dark under tail coverts extend above the origin of the legs.

Feet do not project beyond tail in flight.

This photo contributed by Jeremiah Trimble.

Audubon's Shearwater Jeremiah Trimble
Audubon's Shearwater Scott Spangenberg

In this photo by Scott Spangenber the Audubon’s Shearwater shows a white spot in front of the eye and does not show the white “C” mark behind the eye typical of the Manx Shearwater. Shows a dull white eye ring.

Audubon's Shearwater Mary Scott fly back



The photo at left shows the dark body and wings.
You can also see an small white flank patch just behind the wing.  Photo by Mary Scott

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Harrison, Peter (1983) Seabirds an identification guide Houghton Mifflin Company; Boston

Howell, Steve N.G. (2012) Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-petrels of America A Photographic Guide Princeton University Press; Princeton

Olney, Derrick and Scofield, Paul (2007) Albatrosses, Petrels & Shearwater of the World Princeton University Press Princeton