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Streaked shearwater

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The Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas) is a seabird belonging to Procellariidae family. The Streaked Shearwater ranges across Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. These birds nest on islands off Japan, China, Korea and Russia. After breeding they migrate to Indian Ocean and are seen off the coast of Australia and southern India.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) had categorized and evaluated these shearwater species and had listed them as of 'Least Concern'.

These birds measure 45 to 50 cm in length and weigh 450 to 550 grams. They have a wingspan of 100 to 110 cm. The shearwater is brownish in color with mottled head and mottled white underparts. The bill is rather large and pale. The legs are pale pink in color. They feed mainly on squid and fish. They are known to follow fishing vessels. They breed from March onwards. They nest in burrows in high forested hills.

Indian birds - Calonectris leucomelas
Indian birds - Streaked shearwater - Calonectris leucomelas

Biological classification of Calonectris leucomelas
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Procellariiformes
Family:Procellariidae
Subfamily:-
Genus:Calonectris
Species:C. leucomelas
Binomial name:Calonectris leucomelas
Distribution:Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean,
Feeding habits:fish, squids and shrimp;
IUCN status listing:
Least Concern

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