- 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.
Origin of mutton bird
First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for mutton bird
The mutton-bird, it will therefore be allowed, is the most prolific of all avian colonists.
For food, there was shell-fish and mutton-bird eggs, with no lack of boiling water to cook them.The Moon Rock
Arthur J. Rees
Starvation stared them in the face, when it was discovered that Mount Pitt was honeycombed with mutton-bird burrows.