Macaronesian Shearwater Puffinus baroli   [Gould, 1838]

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Order: Procellariiformes Family: Procellariidae
BTO Codes: , LITSH EURING No: 480
Number in Britain: 1 record/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: 3 Concern, most not in Europe; Rare
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Visitor
Subspecies: baroli recorded in Britain (of 8 subsp. in the world)
Length: 28 cm Wingspan: 62 cm Weight: M: 220 g   F: . g    
Scientific name from: English: puffin (from puff+ing) and after Carlo Baroli, Italian naturalist
World Distribution: BREEDS: Atlantic is (eg Azores, Canaries) & is of sw Australia, New Zealand, RANGES: widely in e Atlantic & s oceans
Habitat: Pelagic, breeds in island burrows & crevices
Diet: Fish and squid, mostly near surface
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Norfolk, 1858 (Cork, 1853) (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 59 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: August/September
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Argyll (1974), Dumfries & Galloway (1985), Lothian (1990), Outer Hebrides (1990),
   North-east England: Cleveland (2000), Durham (1989), Northumberland (1989), East Yorkshire (1991),
   North-west England: Cheshire (1977), Lancashire (1992),
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England: Norfolk (1960),
   South-east England: Kent (1987),
   South-west England: Cornwall (2007), Dorset (1984), Somerset (1988), Isles of Scilly (1974),
   Wales: Anglesey (1987), Caernarfonshire (1988), Pembrokeshire (1997),

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Other Names

North Atlantic Little Shearwater
Split from Puffinus assimilis 
Gaelic: Fachach-beag Welsh: Aderyn-Drycin Bach
Danish: Lille skrpe Dutch: Kleine pijlstormvogel
Finnish: Kpiliitj French: Petit Puffin
German: Kleiner Sturmtaucher Hungarian: Kis vszmadr
Icelandic: Dvergskrofa Irish: Cng Bheag
Italian: Berta minore fosca Norwegian: Deverglire
Polish: Burzyk maly Portuguese: Pardela-pequena
Spanish: Pardela chica Swedish: Dvrglira

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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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