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Balearic Shearwater - BirdForum Opus

Puffinus mauretanicus
Photo by Aleix Comas
Roses, Catalonia, Spain, December 1999

Identification

35-40 cm

  • Brown back
  • Cap, nape and wing tips are darker
  • Brownish-white undersides
  • Pinkish legs

Distribution

Breeds Balearic Islands; ranges to coastal northern Europe

Taxonomy

Monotypic[1]

Habitat

Pelagic. Breeds on islands and coastal cliffs.

Behaviour

Breeding

One egg is laid in a burrow. Nocturnal visits are made to avoid predation.

Diet

The diet includes fish and molluscs.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966

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