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Puffinus bailloni (Tropical shearwater, Audubon's Shearwater) 

[= Puffinus lherminieri

SwartkroonpylstormvoŽl [Afrikaans]; Tropiese kleinpylstormvoŽl [Afrikaans]; Audubon-pijlstormvogel [Dutch]; Puffin d'Audubon [French]; Audubonsturmtaucher [German]; Pardela de Audubon [Portuguese]

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Puffinus bailloni (Tropical shearwater, Audubon's Shearwater)   

Tropical shearwater, offshore from Massachusetts, USA. [photo Glen Tepke ©]


Distribution and habitat

Breeds at tropical Indo-Pacific islands, including Rťunion and Europa Island, as well as the Seychelles and Comores. In the non-breeding season it disperses to the sea surrounding its breeding colonies, with some birds reaching the Mozambique Channel, which extends into the southern African waters. Here it is generally rare to the east of central Mozambique, with vagrant records off KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.


It does most of its foraging by grabbing prey from the water surface or diving up to a depth of 35 metres.


Not threatened.


  • 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.