French: Puffin des Anglais German: Atlantiksturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela pichoneta
Faeroes and Norway
Atlantic Ocean, breeding in N Atlantic on islets off Newfoundland (Canada) and Massachusetts (NE USA), S Iceland S through Faeroes and British Is to NW France, also from Azores through Madeira and Desertas Is to Canary Is.
30–38 cm; 350–575 g; wingspan 75–89 cm. Rather small, contrasting blackish-and-white shearwater with long thin bill. Cap to upper ear-coverts,... read more
Vocalizations given both from ground (including within burrows) and in flight, moaning and wailing... read more
Marine, occurring mainly on waters over continental shelf. Breeds on coastal or offshore islands or... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small shoaling fish (Clupea harengus, Sprattus sprattus, Ammodytes marinus) also some squid, crustaceans... read more
Starts Mar, with return to colony, followed by 2–3-week pre-laying exodus (females alone, which move S & SW during this period)... read more
Transequatorial migrant, travelling rapidly southwards between Sept and Oct, and returning in Mar,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Has recently colonized islets in NW Atlantic, in S Newfoundland (breeding confirmed 1977), Maine (2009) and Massachusetts (1973), but... read more
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