Streaked shearwater

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Streaked shearwater
Streaked shearwater sitting.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Genus: Calonectris
Species: C. leucomelas
Binomial name
Calonectris leucomelas
Temminck, 1835

The streaked shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas) is a species of seabird. The bird is 48 cm (19 in) in size, with a 122 cm (48 in) wingspan.

This species is pelagic, but also occurs in inshore waters. It occurs in the Pacific Ocean, nesting in Japan and many of its offshore islands. After breeding, the streaked shearwater migrates toward southern Australia. It has been reported well off the west coast of the United States and from the southern coast of India.[2][unreliable source]

The streaked shearwater feeds mainly on fish and squid. It follows fishing boats, attracted to anchovy crawls off Japan.

The streaked shearwater nests in burrows. It prefers forested hills.

This bird is abundant and widespread, however some mortality occurs through becoming entangled in fishing nets, and from some predation by cats and rats. In addition, it is harvested by some traditional endemic human cultures.

Off Gold Coast, Australia


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