Christmas Shearwater

About the Christmas Shearwater

Also known as: Christmas Island Shearwater
The Christmas Shearwater is a medium-sized shearwater species found in Pacific waters around Hawaii and other tropical and subtropical island groups, including Christmas Island. The species is also known as the Christmas Island Shearwater.

The Christmas Shearwater feeds on a variety of fish that it feeds on by surface hunting or shortly plunging into the water in pursuit. To help them retain prey once captured, they have specialized inward-angled serration on their beaks and tongue.

Christmas Shearwaters aren’t flashy birds; they have an entirely dark brown body plumage. Juveniles look the same as adults and males and females are also similar in appearance.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 25 December 2020
Scientific Name
Puffinus nativitatis
  • Procellariiformes
  • Procellariidae
  • Puffinus
  • P. nativitatis
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Units: Imperial / Metric
13.8 to 15 inches
28 to 31.9 inches
12.5 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黑鹱
Czech (Cesky) buřňák tropický
Danish (Dansk) Polynesisk Skråpe
Dutch (Nederlands) Kleine Wigstaartpijlstormvogel
Finnish (Suomi) polynesianliitäjä
French (Français) Puffin de la Nativité
German (Deutsch) Weihnachtssturmtaucher
Italian (Italiano) Berta di Christmas
Japanese (日本語) コミズナギドリ (komizunagidori)
Norwegian (Norsk) Brunlire
Polish (Polski) burzyk brunatny
Portuguese (Português) Bobo-das-christmas
Russian (русский язык) Рождественский буревестник
Spanish (Español) Pardela de Navidad
Swedish (Svenska) brunlira
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