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.[unreliable source]
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.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Calonectris leucomelas". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- "Streaked Shearwater spotted from Indian coast after 30 years, first record from Kerala". Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- "National Geographic" Field Guide to the Birds of North America ISBN 0-7922-6877-6
- Seabirds, an Identification Guide by Peter Harrison, (1983) ISBN 0-7470-1410-8
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Vol 1, Josep del Hoyo editor, ISBN 84-87334-10-5
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