sooty shearwater

noun
See under mutton bird.
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mutton bird

noun
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:
1840–50

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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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