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Calonectris leucomelas (Streaked shearwater) 

Gestreepte pylstormvoël [Afrikaans]; Gestreepte pijlstormvogel [Dutch]; Puffin leucomèle [French]; Weißgesicht-sturmtaucher [German]

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Calonectris leucomelas (Streaked shearwater)   

Streaked shearwater, Taiwan. [photo Awei Lee ©]


Distribution and habitat

Breeds on islands off Japan, Korea and China, after which it heads south to the tropical waters adjacent to New Guinea, Indonesia and northern Australia, occasionally migrating further south to 35°. It is a rare vagrant to southern Africa, with two records off the coast of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and one found near the Cape Peninsula, Western Cape; all three were recorded in the period from August-October.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.