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sooty shearwater

noun
1.
See under mutton bird.

mutton bird

or 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.
Origin of mutton bird
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50
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  • It is a similar bird to the sooty shearwater, but is considerably darker and the under coverts are whitish.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The common name, however, is retained and the species stands 95, sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus).

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