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Sooty Shearwater

by | Jun 15, 2022

* Sooty Shearwater  Ardenna grisea

Texas Coastal / Offshore Status: Very rare Visitor to the offshore waters of the Gulf. There are 21 documented records from offshore 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 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 Sooty Shearwater found in Offshore Texas (and Gulf of Mexico)
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