French: Puffin majeur German: Großer Sturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela capirotada
Cape Farewell and Staten Hook to Newfoundland
Atlantic Ocean and SW Indian Ocean, breeding on Nightingale I and Inaccessible I (Tristan da Cunha), on Gough I, and on Kidney I (in Falklands).
43–51 cm; 670–995 g; wingspan 100–118 cm. Large drab and white, dark-capped shearwater, with blackish bill. Cap to gape-level and back to nape rather... read more
Vocalizes mainly on ground, rather than in flight, at colonies, where calling commences in mid... read more
Marine, frequenting cool offshore and pelagic waters. Breeds on sloping ground, mainly in areas of... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fish (e.g. mackeral and capelin), squid (especially Illex illecebrosus off Newfoundland) and fish offal; also some... read more
Copulation in Oct, returning to colonies in second half of Sept, with probable pre-laying exodus of up to c. 1 month starting in mid to... read more
Transequatorial migrant. During breeding season concentrated in waters of S Atlantic (being... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant, with enormous total population, perhaps numbering as many as 15,000,000 individuals; minimum 5,000,000 breeding pairs at... read more
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