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Balearic Shearwater

Puffinus mauretanicus

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

BTO 2

YQ

BTO 5

BALSH

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Red Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Balearic Shearwater occurs as a rare, late summer visitor to waters of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has a "Red" status because it is globally critically endangered.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Balearic Shearwater: Medium-sized seabird with rather pointed wings and slender bill. Dark brown above, dark brown and white on underparts, and white wing linings. Light eye ring and grey bill. In flight, has heavy looking belly and toes that project beyond short tail. Critically endangered.


Range and Habitat

Balearic Shearwater: Summer visitor to areas of south England, western Wales, and the east coast from July through September. Migrates to the south of France and Balearic islands for breeding in summer. Can be seen plunge-diving for food or resting on the surface of the water in coastal areas.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

Generally silent, at nesting colonies makes coughing and "aii-ah-eech" calls.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Balearic Shearwater was long considered to be a subspecies of the Manx Shearwater.
  • They nest in burrows which are only visited at night to avoid predation by large gulls.
  • While silent at sea, breeding colonies are filled with loud coughing and cackling calls at night.
  • A group of shearwaters are collectively known as an "improbability" of shearwaters.

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

BellyX
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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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