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Threatened species

Little Shearwater - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Puffinus assimilis
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 22 Oct 2020


A small shearwater, bluish black above and chalky white below, with a white face and white underwings with narrow black margins. Bill short, slender and grey-black, legs bright cobalt-blue with black markings, feet pale bluish with webs tending to be flesh coloured, eyes brown.


A widespread species in the subtropical Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Lord Howe Island has one of the larger breeding colonies in the Australian region.

Habitat and ecology

  • Marine
  • Breeding sites at Lord Howe Island include Roach Island, Muttonbird Island, Blackburn Island and on the main Island at Muttonbird Point and Transit Hill.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanBatemans Shelf Known None
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
OceanManning Shelf Known None
OceanSouth Pacific Ocean Known None
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None
OceanTwofold Shelf Known None
Other StateJervis Bay Territory Known None
Pacific Subtropical IslandsLord Howe Island Known None