Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus   [PR Lowe, 1921]

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Order: Procellariiformes Family: Procellariidae
Number in Britain: 2000 records/year
Conservation Status:
European: 1 Global Conservation Concern; Critically Endangered
Global: Critically Endangered (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Passage Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 36 cm Wingspan: 88 cm Weight: M/F: 520 g    
Scientific name from: English: puffin (from puff+ing) and after Mauretania
World Distribution: BREEDS: Balearic Islands, RANGES: Mediterranean & coastal waters of e Atlantic
Habitat: Pelagic, breeds in island burrows
Diet: Mostly small fish and squid from surface or below
TitBit: These birds breed only in the Mediterranean (in Jan/Feb) and are unusual as they migrate northwards after breeding, moulting in the Bay of Biscay, before moving south to west Africa for the winter.  
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Other Names

Split from Puffinus puffinus
Gaelic: Welsh: Aderyn-Drycin Môr y Canoldir
Danish: Middelhavsskråpe Dutch: Vale pijlstormvogel
Finnish: French: Puffin des Baléares
German: Balearensturmtaucher Hungarian:
Icelandic: Irish: Cánóg Bhailéarach
Italian: Berta minore delle Baleari Norwegian: Middelhavslire
Polish: Burzyk balearski Portuguese: Pardela-sombria das Baleares
Spanish: Pardela Mediterránea occidental Swedish: Medelhavslira

For More Information...

Books and Monographs:
   Brooke, M. de L. 2004 Albatrosses and petrels across the world Oxford University Press, Oxford [598.44 BRO]
   Wynn, R.B. & Yesou, P. 2007 The changing status of Balearic Shearwater in northwest European waters British Birds 100:392-406
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