most numerous bird in the world, was shearwaters

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Subject: most numerous bird in the world, was shearwaters
From: "Mark Clayton" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:24:19 +1100
With the recent thread about dead and dying shearwaters, several people have
stated that the Short-tailed Shearwater is the most common bird in the
world, with one quoting 23 million birds. I am not disputing these claims
but they had me wondering as I have always thought that the most common bird
was the Red Jungle Fowl with all its domestic forms. If looking at genuine
wild birds then the Red-billed Quelea in Africa, with a reported figure of
1.5 billion birds, makes the shearwater look positively rare!




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