Merry Christmas Shearwaters!

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In fact, if you were looking for a bird that represented the spirit and traditions of Christmas, this elegant, compact and dark shearwater would hardly be the first thing that comes to mind. So why is a tropical bird named after that most wintery (at least for you Northern Hemisphere types) of holidays? No, there is a second island named for Christmas, although it is more correctly known today as Kiritimati in the Republic of Kiribati in the Central Pacific.

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