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sooty shearwater

noun
1.
See under mutton bird.

mutton bird

noun
1.
any of several long-winged seabirds, often used as food, especially Puffinus tenuirostris (short-tailed shearwater) of Australia and Puffinus griseus (sooty shearwater) which breeds in the Southern Hemisphere and winters in the Northern Hemisphere.
Also, mutton-bird.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
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  • The annual journey of the sooty shearwater bird rivals that of the bar-tailed godwit.
  • They also noted the lack of discussion of the sooty shearwater, one of which was previously observed taken in the fishery.
  • The sooty shearwater was chosen as a selected species on the basis of its relative abundance.

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