Sooty Shearwater Seasonal Occurrence & Geographic Distribution

*Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

Status: Accidental along the Texas coast. One record for the Lower Coast, Boca Chica on 6 January 1992.

TX Status: Very rare Visitor to the offshore waters of the Gulf. There are 16 documented records from Texas. 

Habitat: This wide-ranging species is found in deep waters of both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Similar Species: Although Sooty Shearwater is often indistinguishable from Short-tailed Shearwater (Pacific Ocean), this all dark shearwater with silvery underwing is unlike any other Atlantic Ocean shearwater.

*Texas Review Species, requiring written or photographic documentation.            © Copyright  Brad McKinney  31 October 31, 2004 (Status updated by Garett Hodne Nov 2014)


The graph below shows the number and date of all Sooty Shearwater sightings on all Texas Pelagics from 1992 to 2014:

SOSH Graph


This map shows the geographic distribution of 2 Sooty Shearwater sightings (gray stars) on Texas Pelagics from South Padre Island. Sighting coordinates from the 25 + Texas Pelagics are unavailable.

One Sooty Shearwater sighting occurred at the shelf edge, and a second was seen at the end of the SPI jetties by Brad McKinney on a fishing trip.

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Click on each sighting symbol and the data label will appear showing the time, date and the number of birds seen.

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