Baking: Black-vented Shearwater

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Puffinus opisthomelas

Length: 13-14 in Wingspan: 1-2 feet Weight: 1-1.5 lbs

Identification:

Dark above and light below, with dark undertail coverts. Head dark with indistinct border.

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Distribution:

Nests off the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Common in summer and winter along the Pacific Coast of North America.

Cool Facts:

The Black-vented Shearwater is the smallest regularly-occurring shearwater in Pacific North America, and one of the more commonly seen in the southern US.

The species name opisthomeles derives from Greek “dark rear.”

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References:

Audubon Field Guide

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