Birds of India: Pelagic Vagrants - Short-tailed Shearwater

Short-tailed Shearwater ~ a first for India
Namkhana, West Bengal

ParitoshGiri, Ajanta Dey & Sumit K. Sen 

Other Pelagic Vagrants

Short-tailed Shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris is a blackish-brown shearwater with a small dark bill, and a compact body with wings extending beyond the tail tip. They are pelagic migrants that breed in Tasmania, and off the coast of southern Australia. The species normally undertakes a trans-equatorial migration and are regularly seen off the western coast of the Malayan peninsula.

Short-tailed Shearwaters are considered vagrants to Pakistan and Sri Lanka. There has, however, been one recent record from Bangladesh (in print).

This sighting represents the 1st record of the species from India as per available records.

Threat status: Least Concern

Sighting Record

Name: Short-tailed Shearwater

Scientific name:
Puffinus tenuirostris

Date: 27th April 2013

Place: Muri Ganga River, West Bengal, India.

Lat/Lon: 21°46'N, 88°12'E

Observed by: Paritosh Giri of NEWS, Kolkata and Chandan Maity of Patharpratima

Reported by: Paritosh Giri through Ajanta Dey

Identification support: The birds were identified with he help of Neil Cheshire, David Bakewell, Jeff Davies, Robert Flood, Greg Gillson, Nikolas Haass, David James, Tim Inskipp, Dipu Karuthedathu, Colin Poole and Mike Prince. The entire effort coordinated by Praveen J.

Kolkata, India

References and acknowledgements:
Birds of South Asia - The Ripley Guide ~ Pamela C. Rasmussen
2. Birdlife International Short-tailed Shearwater page.

Image copyright: Photographer
Recommended citation:
Birds of India ( Short-tailed Shearwater - a first record for India 2013 at by P. Giri, A. Dey &  S. Sen


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