Bird Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris)


John McDouall Stuart
Aug 5, 2011
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Scientific name: Puffinus tenuirostris

Common Name: Short-tailed Shearwater

Order: Procellariiformes

Family: Procellariidae

Other Names:
Slender-billed Shearwater, Yolla, Moonbird, Muttonbird.

Distribution: Pelagic.

Habitat: Ocean.

Field Notes: Breeds in Tasmania and small islands in the Bass Strait. Commercially harvested for food and oil.

WIKIPEDIA: " Being a seabird, the flesh is covered in a considerable quantity of fat, which is normally removed in preparation of the meat before cooking.When split down the breast and cooked on a barbecue, the resultant meat is red and thick, with a taste reminiscent of a beef steak more than of lamb, with a mild hint of the sea. The texture of the meat is similar to lamb or mutton and hence the name muttonbird."

Photos taken on a Pelagic boat trip departing from St Helens on the East Coast of Tasmania.

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