Birds of Colombia

    PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae (Petrels, Shearwaters, Diving Petrels)  
Genus: Puffinus (2 species, 21 worldwide)

Genus Puffinus, typical Shearwaters, are fish-eating pelagic birds (feeding far from shore) ranging from 30-45 cm.. Shearwaters use stiff wings to glide low over the water. Many species can plunge-dive for fish.

Audubon's Shearwater
Audubon's Shearwater (Puffinus lherminieri)
North Carolina, United States  
Photograph by Dominic Sherony     Copyright and usage info

Galapagos Shearwater
Galapagos Shearwater (Puffinus subalaris)
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala  
Photograph by Dominic Sherony     Copyright and usage info

A smallish (30 cm.) two-colored shearwater with short broad wings (HBW). Pelagic, but often recorded relatively close to shore.

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