Merry Christmas Shearwaters!

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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. The Christmas Shearwater is a smallish, dark chocolate brown shearwater that lives and breeds in remote areas of the tropical eastern Pacific. They are somewhat unusual for shearwaters in that they breed on the surface rather than digging tunnels, choosing instead sites under bushes or overhanging rocks.

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