Puffinus persicus

Puffinus persicus, Hume.

976bis. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 313.


Length, 13 ; wing, 7 ; tarsus, 1.5 ; bill from forehead, 13.

Bill dusky-brown, bluish at base; irides brown; legs and feet -white, tinged with pink and lavender, with claws, margin of web, exterior of foot, and outer-toes, and part of ridge of mid-toe, black.

Female : The head and nape deep sooty-brown, the whole of the rest of the upper parts blackish-brown, almost, if not quite, black on the primaries, rump, upper tail-coverts and tail; upper portion of the lores mingled dusky-brown and whitish;: lower portion of the lores, and the whole of the chin and throat, as far as the eyes on either side, breast, abdomen, vent and shorter central lower tail-coverts, pure white; a white line about 0.06 wide encircles the eye, and extends backwards from the posterior angle as a narrow white streak for a distance of 035 to 0-4 inches; below this the ear-coverts are dusky-brown, slightly mingled with whitish; the white line below the eye is only separated from the white of the throat by a hair line of greyish-brown; the sides of the neck and breast where the brown of the upper meets the white of the lower parts, are somewhat paler brown, slightly intermingled with white; the sides, axillaries, flanks and the lesser under wing-coverts next the. body, and the whole of the exterior and longer tail-coverts are deep brown; the rest of the lower wing-coverts, except just at the edge of the wing, are white, here and there slightly mottled, especially at the edge of the wing with dusky brown; the longer axillaries are mottled white along their bases.

Within our limits the Persian Shearwater is found along the Sind Coast and at the mouths of the Indus.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Persian Shearwater
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