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Great Shearwater

by | Jun 15, 2022

* Great Shearwater  Ardenna gravis

Texas Coastal / Offshore Status: There are 32 documented records of Great Shearwater all in Coastal / Offshore areas. Rare visitor has occurred in all months except Fed and Mar, but most records are from July to December. 

Habitat: offshore and pelagic waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Similar Species: See Cory’s Shearwater and Black-capped Petrel.

* Texas Review Species, requiring written or photographic documentation to TBRC.
(1) TOS Handbook of Texas Birds; by Mark W. Lockwood and Brush Freeman (2005)
(2) Lower Texas Coast Status from Brad McKinney’s annotated checklist (updated 2009).

Seasonal Occurrence Graph

Texas Pelagics Sightings Distribution

This map shows the geographic distribution of Great Shearwater found in Offshore Texas (and Gulf of Mexico)
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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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