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Sooty Shearwater Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Gull-sized but with narrower wings and a smaller, rounded head. The bill is long, slender, and strongly hooked, with tubelike nostrils set on top of the bill. Tail is fairly short.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Bonaparte's Gull, smaller than a Herring Gull.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 15.8-20.1 in (40-51 cm)
      • Weight: 22.9-34.5 oz (650-978 g)
      • Wingspan: 37.0-42.9 in (94-109 cm)