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- UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=sourcedetails&id=1318
- Gordon, D. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity. Volume One: Kingdom Animalia. 584 pp http://www.marinespecies.org/porifera/porifera.php?p=sourcedetails&id=145244
Habitat and Ecology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Puffinus huttoni
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
Ongoing control of browsing animals has resulted in a substantial improvement in vegetation cover2, and a decrease in the amount of burrows destroyed by trampling. A long-term project to monitor threats, and another to study population dynamics, have been established, and are ongoing5. Pigs are controlled on the colony boundaries1. 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 a further and final transfer of 100 was planned for 200810. Conservation Actions Proposed
Census population every five years using permanent burrow plots and photopoints. Monitor study 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 availability5. Re-establish colonies at accessible sites along the flight path1. Consult with landowners of the Shearwater Stream colony site to obtain legal protection5.
The Hutton's Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni) is a species of seabird in the family Procellariidae. Its common and specific name commemorates F. W. Hutton, a former curator of the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch.
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 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 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.