Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis   [O'Reilly, 1818]

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Order: Procellariiformes Family: Procellariidae
BTO Codes: GQ, GRTSH EURING No: 400
Number in Britain: Unavailable
Conservation Status:
UK: GREEN
European: Not evaluated
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Passage Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
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Length: 47 cm Wingspan: 109 cm Weight: M/F: 830 g    
Scientific name from: English: puffin (from puff+ing) and L.: gravis=heavy
World Distribution: BREEDS: is of s Atlantic (Falklands, Tristan da Cunha), RANGES: Atlantic
Habitat: Pelagic, breeds in island burrows
Diet: Mostly small fish and squid from surface or below
TitBit: The long thin wings of the shearwater are adapted to exploiting the air currents that eddy above the waters surface with minimum effort, one Great Shearwater is recorded to have glided continuously for 1 1/2 miles (2.4 km).  
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Other Names

Greater Shearwater
Gaelic: Fachach-mòr Welsh: Aderyn-Drycin Mawr
Danish: Storskråpe Dutch: Grote pijlstormvogel
Finnish: Isoliitäjä French: Puffin majeur
German: Kappensturmtaucher Hungarian: Nagy vészmadár
Icelandic: Hettuskrofa Irish: Cánóg Mhór
Italian: Berta dell’Atlantico Norwegian: Storlire
Polish: Burzyk wielki Portuguese: Pardela-de-bico-preto
Spanish: Pardela capirotada Swedish: Större lira

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Books and Monographs:
   Brooke, M. de L. 2004 Albatrosses and petrels across the world Oxford University Press, Oxford [598.44 BRO]
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