Short-tailed Shearwater Bird
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• About the Birds •

Phillip Island is home to a colony of short-tailed shearwater birds. Each year in April/May, the shearwaters migrate north, across the Western Pacific, to the Bering Sea around the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, USA.

In September/October, the birds return to South-East Australia, where they breed over the summer months.

Short-tailed shearwaters are an important aspect of local indigenous culture.

Short-tailed Shearwater