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SPECIES INFO

The Hutton's Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni) is a species of seabird in the family Procellariidae. Its common and specific name commemorates F. W. Hutton, a former curator of the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch.

It is an endemic breeder of New Zealand, with breeding restricted to only two remaining colonies in the Kaikoura Seaward Ranges, Kaikoura. During the non-breeding winter months migration occurs to South Australia. Some anecdotal evidence suggests pre-breeding birds circumnavigate Australia in the years leading up to sexual maturity.

Its natural habitats are open seas, and colonies occur within the sub-alpine to alpine range.

It is threatened primarily by habitat loss and stoat (Mustela erminea) predation.





                                     



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