mutton bird

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mutton bird

1. any of several shearwaters, having a dark plumage with greyish underparts, esp the sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) of New Zealand, which is collected for food by Maoris. It inhabits the Pacific Ocean and in summer nests in Australia and New Zealand Austral
2. any of various petrols esp the short tailed shearwater, Puffinus tenuirostris, which inhabits the Pacific Ocean and in summer nests in S Australia
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Feeding dives were seen on a few occasions (see notes on Short-tailed Shearwater) and in May 1999, groups of 20 and 30 were seen feeding in conjunction with Crested Terns and Silver Gulls, on clupeiod fish probably being driven to the surface by Australian Salmon Arripis truttaceous.
On rare occasions lone Short-tailed Shearwater were seen resting on the sea, and in calm conditions were prone to attack by predators.