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Fluttering shearwater

Pakaha | Puffinus gavia

Has a dark brown head and back, and white belly and throat

Often seen in flocks of up to 1000 birds in coastal areas and harbours

Feeds on small fish and crustaceans, especially krill

Breeds on offshore islands around the North Island and Cook Strait, September to February

Migrates to Australia (juveniles), but most adult birds remain around New Zealand all year

NZ Conservation Status Relict (previously much more widespread)

This bird's name describes its flight. It has a rapid wing beat (fluttering) and all shearwaters fly very close to the surface of the water and appear to skim or shear it.

Fluttering shearwaters feed by plunge diving on small sprats, often chased close to the surface by larger predatory fish such as kahawai and barracuda.

A colony of these birds was re-established on Mana Island off the Kapiti Coast with chicks translocated from Long Island in the Marlborough Sounds from 2006 to 2008. The birds first returned to Mana Island to breed in 2010.

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Fluttering shearwater

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Pakaha | Puffinus gavia

Has a dark brown head and back, and white belly and throat

Often seen in flocks of up to 1000 birds in coastal areas and harbours

Feeds on small fish and crustaceans, especially krill

Breeds on offshore islands around the North Island and Cook Strait, September to February

Migrates to Australia (juveniles), but most adult birds remain around New Zealand all year

NZ Conservation Status Relict (previously much more widespread)

This bird's name describes its flight. It has a rapid wing beat (fluttering) and all shearwaters fly very close to the surface of the water and appear to skim or shear it.

Fluttering shearwaters feed by plunge diving on small sprats, often chased close to the surface by larger predatory fish such as kahawai and barracuda.

A colony of these birds was re-established on Mana Island off the Kapiti Coast with chicks translocated from Long Island in the Marlborough Sounds from 2006 to 2008. The birds first returned to Mana Island to breed in 2010.