French: Puffin de Townsend German: Townsendsturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela de Townsend
C. H. Townsend
Clarión Island, Revillagigedo Group
Pacific coast from S Baja California to El Salvador, breeding in Revillagigedo Is on Socorro and, at least formerly, on Clarión and San Benedicto, in same group (off W Mexico).
32–38 cm; 290–358 g, wingspan 76–83 cm. Rather small, contrastingly blackish and white, with variable amount of blackish on undertail-coverts. Cap reaches... read more
Gives repeated series of 2–5 (usually three) braying notes followed by 1–2 additional throaty notes... read more
Marine, occurring in warm subtropical offshore and pelagic waters. Breeds on islands, occupying... read more
Food and feeding
Extremely little known; presumably mostly small fish and squid. Prey is caught by pursuit-plunging or surface-seizing; dietary analysis... read more
Starts to arrive at colonies in mid Nov, with laying probably lasting 6–8 weeks from late Jan to mid Mar, and young fledging between... read more
Little known; thought to disperse to adjacent seas; recorded S to waters just N of Galápagos... read more
Status and conservation
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Population most recently estimated by at just 250–999 mature individuals, despite estimate of 46,000 individuals, including 10,600 breeding birds... read more
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