Streaked Shearwater | Calonectris leucomelas

Roberts Birding Information: Streaked Shearwater

The Streaked Shearwater is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Procellariidae bird family group which includes birds such as Petrels, Shearwaters.

The description for the Streaked Shearwater (Latin name Calonectris leucomelas) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Calonectris leucomelas can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of and the detailed description of this bird is on page 671. You will find a picture of the Streaked Shearwater on page 704.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Streaked Shearwater between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Streaked Shearwater has a height of 48 cms and weighs around 500 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Calonectris leucomelas has a grey coloured throat, black legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are black.

Throat is grey.

Back is brown.

Streaked Shearwater Feeding Habits ...

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

This bird is a well known scavenger and rarely kills its own prey.

Streaked Shearwater Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

You can see the Streaked Shearwater bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds.

The Streaked Shearwater is a very rare bird that can only be seen out at sea following fish vessels. It can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Streaked Shearwater is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.