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Flesh-footed Shearwater

Flesh-footed shearwater (Puffinus carneipes)

Flesh-footed Shearwater
Flesh-footed shearwaters are named after the colouration of their feet. They breed in northern New Zealand north of the Hauraki Gulf. There are also some smaller breeding colonies in the Marlborough Sounds. New Zealand's birds migrate north in March to late May to winter in the North Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan. They return to New Zealand in September. Flesh-footed shearwaters have been sighted at Kaikoura from November to March. Flesh-footed shearwaters are absent from Kaikoura's waters for the rest of the year as birds depart from New Zealand waters and migrate to the North Pacific Ocean.

Flesh-footed shearwaters will plunge-dive and can fly underwater to retrieve small baitfish and fish offal, therefore susceptable to being caught on long-line fish hooks.