- See under mutton bird.
- 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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- Australian a large Australian shearwater that migrates to the northern hemisphere in the southern winter
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