Pink-footed Shearwaters

The Pink-footed Shearwater (Puffinus creatopus) is a species of seabird.

Together with the equally light-billed Flesh-footed Shearwater, it forms the Hemipuffinus group, a superspecies which may or may not have an Atlantic relative in the Great Shearwater (Austin, 1996; Austin et al., 2004). These are large shearwaters which are among those that could be separated in the genus Ardenna (Penhallurick & Wink, 2004).

Pink-footed Shearwater (Puffinus creatopus)

Pink-footed Shearwater (Puffinus creatopus)

Description

The bird is 48 cm in size, with a 109 cm wingspan.

It is polymorphic, having both darker and lighter phase populations.

Pink-footed Shearwater (Puffinus creatopus)

Distribution

This species is pelagic (over sea), occurring in the Pacific Ocean. It predominantly nests on offshore islands off Chile, i.e. Mocha Island.

It is a transequatorial migrant, moving toward subarctic waters of the Pacific after raising its young.

It is fairly common well off the west coast of the United States during the country’s warmer months.

Diet / Feeding

Pink-footed Shearwater feeds on mainly fish, squid and crustaceans.

Breeding / Nesting

This bird nests in burrows, preferring forested slopes. It is a colonial nester.

Status

Numbers of this shearwater are have been reduced due to predation by introduced species, such as rats and cats. Some loss of birds also occurs from becoming entangled in fishing gear.