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.
Shearwaters are considered vagrants to Pakistan and Sri Lanka. There has,
however, been one recent record from Bangladesh (in print).
represents the 1st record of the species from India as per available records.
Threat status: Least Concern
Name: Short-tailed Shearwater
Scientific name: Puffinus tenuirostris
Date: 27th April 2013
Place: Muri Ganga River, West Bengal, India.
Observed by: Paritosh Giri of NEWS, Kolkata and
Chandan Maity of Patharpratima
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
and Mike Prince. The entire effort
coordinated by Praveen J.
1. Birds of South Asia - The Ripley Guide ~ Pamela C. Rasmussen
2. Birdlife International
Short-tailed Shearwater page.
of India (http://www.kolkatabirds.com): Short-tailed Shearwater - a
first record for India 2013 at
A. Dey & S. Sen