(2200) Puffinus persicus.
The Persian Shearwater.
Puffinus persicus Hume, Str. Feath, i, p. 5 (1873) (Persian Gulf); Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 356.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. A narrow ring round the eye and a streak behind it white; remainder of upper plumage dark brown, the rump and upper tail-coverts almost black, the forehead paler and slightly grey; lower plumage pure white; axillaries brown tipped with white; under wing-coverts and flanks below them mixed brown and white.
Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; bill dusky brown, bluish at the base and on three-fourths of the lower mandible; legs and feet white tinged with pink and lavender, the claws, margin of web, exterior of foot, outer toe and part of ridge black (Hume). The amount of black on the foot varies.
Measurements. Wing 185 to 209 mm.; tail 87 to 103 mm.; tarsus 31 to 33 mm.; culmen about 38 mm.
Distribution. The Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf from Aden to Bombay. Not rare off the Sind and Mekran coasts.
Habits. Those of the genus, but very little is recorded about this rare Shearwater.