Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Distribution / Range

The Wedge-tailed Shearwater is found on island throughout the tropical Pacific and Indian Ocean, including islands off Japan, the Islas Revillagigedo, the Hawaiian Islands, the Seychelles and off Western Australia.

Wedge-tailed Shearwater (intermediate morph)Description

The Wedge-tailed Shearwater was named for its  wedge-shaped tail.  The legs are flesh-coloredand the bill is dark.

This large shearwater occurs in two color morphs:

Pale: Grey-brown back. The head and upperwings, and the plumage below is whiter.

Dark:  The plumage is entirely dark grey-brown plumage.

The pale morph is most common in the North Pacific, and the dark elsewhere.  However, both phases occur in all populations.

Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Puffinus pacificus, Left: pale morph - Right: dark morph

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