Christmas ShearwaterPuffinus nativitatis
Facts About Christmas Shearwater
- Feeds primarily in association with large predatory fish such as skipjack tuna. The fish drive larval forms of fish to the surface. They locate larval food such as mackerel scad, flying squid, goat fish and squirrel fish most likely by using their sense of smell. They capture prey by plunging into water and chasing it.
- Life Span
- 10-11 years
- Length: 35-38 cm (14-15 in); wingspan: 71-81 cm (28-32 in)
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Last Updated: Aug 29, 2013