Sooty Shearwater (Ardenna griseus)

Order: Procellariformes | Family: Procellariidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Argentina

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Lima

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Lima

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Lima

Identification & Behavior: ~43 cm (17 in). The Sooty Shearwater is uniformly blackish-brown. The underwing is whitish. The bill slender and gray with a blackish tip. It forages in pelagic water. It is very similar to the Flesh-footed Shearwater but is distinguished by having whitish underwing.  The White-chinned Petrel and Westland Petrel are larger and have blackish-brown underwing.

Status: The Sooty Shearwater is common in pelagic waters and also near the coast. Sometimes form flocks in the form of long streams possibly moving or migrating. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Pardela Oscura.

Sub-species: Sooty Shearwater (Ardenna griseus), (J. F. Gmelin), 1789.

Meaning of Name: Ardenna: L. Ardenna or Artènna= Name given to the Diomedean or seabirds in some Italian dialects.  griseus: L. griseum, griseus or grisius= grey.

Formerly known as Puffinus griseus (2018).

See more of the Family Procellariidae  peru aves

Distribution Mapsooty shearwater
Generally silent at seas.


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2017.