New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

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More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

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The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

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Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

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2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

Flesh-Footed Shearwater

Scientific name:

 Puffinus carneipes

Maori Name:

 Toanui

 

 

Conservation status

 At risk - declining

Mainland status:

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

Size:

 44cm, 600g

Lifespan:

 30+ years has been recorded in Australia

Breeding:

 November – May

Diet:

 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.