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FLESH FOOTED SHEARWATER (Puffinus carneipes)
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Flesh footed shearwater

A large, heavy shearwater that is present at Lord Howe Island for breeding from September to May each year. This is the largest breeding colony in the world, and the only colony in eastern Australia. Also known as the Muttonbird, these birds are an attraction when returning at dusk each evening at Ned' Beach. Once ashore they spend the night digging burrows and squabbling over mates, and leave to go out feeding before sunrise.

These birds are declining in numbers at lord Howe Island, and around the world, due to losses from fishing bycatch, and plastic ingestion.

Length: 46cm; wingspan 102cm; weight: 600gm.

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