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mut·ton·bird

 (mŭt′n-bûrd′)
n.
Any of several pelagic seabirds, especially some species of shearwaters.

muttonbird

(ˈmʌtənˌbɜːd)
n
1. (Animals) Austral any of several shearwaters, having a dark plumage with greyish underparts, esp the sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) of New Zealand, which is collected for food by Māoris. It inhabits the Pacific Ocean and in summer nests in Australia and New Zealand
2. (Animals) any of various petrels esp the short tailed shearwater, Puffinus tenuirostris, which inhabits the Pacific Ocean and in summer nests in S Australia
[C19: so named because their cooked flesh is claimed to taste like mutton]
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Phase 1: A shuttle service travelling to Muttonbird Island, operating on the Northern Breakwall connecting Coffs Harbour International Marina and Muttonbird Island.
Volunteer guide Kari Beaven shows V us the tough leaves of muttonbird scrub, used as "the first postcards" and legally franked until 1970.
And of course, the city has tons of family-friendly activities to enjoy at any time, including water sports, adventure, restaurants and cafes, the Pet Porpoise Pool Oceanarium, which has daily seal and dolphin shows, the Butterfly House, the Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, and the Big Banana, one of the oldest and most-visited theme parks in Australia, with children's rides, an ice-skating rink, a waterslide, lakes, and shops.
We have muttonbird season, NAIDOC [National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee] week, all different celebrations, land handovers, bush tucker, ancestors talk about them and what they did in their day and how different it is now, talk about music instruments, weapons, tools, back to basics, land ownership, family tree, pictures in the room where all the people fought, painting, been to protests to Parliament, take the kids there ...
Darrell West was a man of the sea, most content when camped on the coast, sitting in front of a fire with a drink in one hand and a muttonbird (Shearwater) roasting slowly over the coals.
With assistance from ornithologist Jerry Van Tets, Darrell sorted and analysed bird bone from Jones' West Point midden, with a view to investigating prehistoric muttonbird exploitation by his ancestors.
8.Which English clipper ship ran aground on Muttonbird Island, Australia, in June 1878?
They were there loading their boat with bales of muttonbird feathers, ready to start next morning.
Irynej Skira, "Tasmanian Aborigines and Muttonbirds: A Historical Examination" (PhD thesis, University of Tasmania, 1993), 50; see also Barbara Little, "The Sealing and Whaling Industry in Australia Before 1850," Australian Economic History Review 9, no.
As reported in the Spring 1993 issue of Wild (Australia's wilderness adventure magazine), swamp wallabies were seen fighting over the salty carcass of a muttonbird on the famous beach of Wilson Promontory in the State of Victoria.
The works include crest improvements and re-armouring the breakwall between the beach and Muttonbird Island.
Darrell and Rhys were both keen to see if there were many muttonbird remains in the West Point midden; there were not--most of the bird remains were crow.