Habitat and Ecology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Puffinus huttoni
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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On-going control of browsing animals has resulted in a substantial improvement in vegetation cover (Heather and Robertson 1997), and a decrease in the number of burrows destroyed by trampling. A long-term project to monitor threats, and another to study population dynamics, have been established, and are on-going (Taylor 2000). Pigs are controlled on the colony boundaries (Cuthbert 1999). A third population is being established on the Kaikoura Peninsula: 10 fledglings were transferred there in 2005, 80 in 2006, c.100 in 2007 and 100 in 2008 (Anon 2007, Ombler 2010). Conservation Actions Proposed
Census the population every five years using burrow plots and photopoints. Monitor focal burrows annually and correlate results with climatic and marine fluctuations. Commence nest protection if present research indicates predation is having a significant effect. Assess the impact of local fisheries on food availability (Taylor 2000). Re-establish colonies at accessible sites along the flight path (Cuthbert 1999).
The Hutton's shearwater (Puffinus huttoni) is a species of seabird in the family Procellariidae. Its common and specific names commemorate Frederick Wollaston Hutton, a former curator of the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand.
It is an endemic breeder of New Zealand, with breeding restricted to only two remaining colonies in the Kaikoura Seaward Ranges, Kaikoura. During the non-breeding winter months migration occurs to South Australia. Some anecdotal evidence suggests pre-breeding birds circumnavigate Australia in the years leading up to sexual maturity.
It is threatened primarily by habitat loss caused by colony disruption by introduced browsing mammals and introduced stoat (Mustela erminea) predation on their nesting burrows. In order to preserve the species a new colony has been established on the Kaikoura Peninsula.
These birds sometimes crash-land on roads, apparently mistaking the roads for stretches of open water.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Puffinus huttoni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Cuthbert, Richard; Lloyd S. Davis (2002). "The impact of predation by introduced stoats on Hutton's shearwaters, New Zealand". Biological Conservation 108 (1): 79–92. doi:10.1016/S0006-3207(02)00092-7.
- "Hutton's Shearwater/titi: DOC's work". Department of Conservation. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- ABC News Online (November 2009). "Confused birds mistake road for water". Retrieved 12 November 2009.
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