Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus   [JF Gmelin, 1789]

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Order: Procellariiformes Family: Procellariidae
Number in Britain: Unavailable
Conservation Status:
European: 1 Global Conservation Concern; Not Evaluted
Global: Near Threatened (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Passage Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 46 cm Wingspan: 102 cm Weight: M/F: 820 g    
Scientific name from: English: puffin (from puff+ing) and L.: griseus=grey
World Distribution: BREEDS: is off s Australasia & s South America, RANGES: widely in Pacific & Atlantic
Habitat: Pelagic, breeds in island burrows
Diet: Mostly small fish and squid from surface or below
TitBit: Shearwaters have a good sense of smell, and locate food patches from the scent given off by plankton when they are being eaten by krill (a chemical known as DMS, the scent of rotting seaweed).  
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Other Names

Gaelic: Fachach-dubh Welsh: Aderyn-Drycin Du
Danish: Sodfarvet skrĺpe Dutch: Grauwe pijlstormvogel
Finnish: Nokiliitäjä French: Puffin fuligineux
German: Dunkelsturmtaucher Hungarian: Szürke vészmadár
Icelandic: Gráskrofa Irish: Cánóg Dhorcha
Italian: Berta grigia Norwegian: Grĺlire
Polish: Burzyk szary Portuguese: Pardela-preta
Spanish: Pardela sombría Swedish: Grĺlira
Local Names: Muttonbird

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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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