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Yelkouan Shearwater - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Levantine Shearwater; Mediterranean Shearwater

Photo by Momo
Near Samothraki, Greece, September 2008
Puffinus yelkouan



  • Dark brown upperparts
  • White undersides
  • Under-wings:
    • Dark on tips
    • Dark trailing edge
    • Diagonal band across secondary coverts
  • Brown flanks, axillaries, undertail and underwing coverts
  • Large pink feet
Photo by citlenbik
Istanbul from Bosphorus, Turkey, April 2009


Breeds in central and eastern Mediterranean islands Spain (Balearic Islands), France, Italy, Malta, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia, Turkey and Algeria.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Breeds on islands and coastal cliffs, otherwise pelagic.


Will follow fishing boats and trawlers.


They nest in burrows which are only visited at night to avoid predation by large gulls.


The diet includes fish and molluscs, also chum thrown from boats.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International
  3. Wikipedia

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