Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018


Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

Flesh-Footed Shearwater

Scientific name:

 Puffinus carneipes

Maori Name:




Conservation status

 At risk - declining

Mainland status:

 NZ coast of the North Island, east coast of South Island , Foveaux Strait and


 44cm, 600g


 30+ years has been recorded in Australia


 November – May


 Squid & fish

Flesh-footed shearwater - photographer: Ian Southey

This large, bulky chocolate-brown bird has a pale bill which is darker at the tip and flesh-pink legs and feet. The main call is a series of high-pitched moans, resembling the sound of cats fighting.

Their diet is mainly squid and fish. Food is also scavenged from around whales, dolphins and from behind boats.

In New Zealand flesh-footed shearwaters breed in dense colonies on offshore islands as far south as the Cook Strait. Breeding takes place between November and May after they return to their colonies in late September to early October. The single white egg is usually laid in a burrow and is incubated by both parents for about 53 days. The chick fledges at about 92 days old.

Flesh-footed shearwaters are vulnerable, at their nests, to introduced predators and so are most successful on pest-free islands.

Flesh-footed shearwater in flight - photographer: Ian SoutheyNew Zealand birds migrate to the North Pacific Ocean to over winter.

Flesh-footed Shearwaters are often seen on the boat trip to and from Tiritiri Matangi and have also been seen from the coastal tracks, especially when they scavenge near fishing boats.

Find out more about flesh-footed shearwaters at New Zealand Birds Online.

Photography by:  Ian Southey ©

References: Heather, B.D.; Robertson, H.A. 2000 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland, Viking. Moon, G The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Birds.