Birdorable Christmas Shearwater

2020 Bonanza Bird #32: Christmas Shearwater

December 25th, 2020 in Birdorable Bonanza 2020 6 comments
Birdorable Christmas Shearwater

Today is Christmas Day! And it’s the last day of our 2020 Birdorable Bonanza. Our final bird is the Christmas Shearwater, a species of shearwater found around tropical and subtropical islands in the Pacific Ocean, including Christmas Island.

This bird has a festive name but a rather drab appearance with an entirely dark brown body plumage.

Christmas Shearwaters eat fish and other aquatic prey. They depend on oceanic predators, like tuna, to drive small fish and other small creatures upwards where the shearwater can snatch prey either at the surface or after a short and shallow hunting pursuit. To help them retain their prey, Christmas Shearwaters have specialized indentations on their tongues and along the back of their beaks.

Christmas Shearwaters
Christmas Shearwaters by Duncan (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Christmas Shearwater
Christmas Shearwaters by Duncan (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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