Puffinus puffinus - Manx shearwater:

Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Ciconiiformes / Procellariidae / Puffinus / Species

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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

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Distribution General Range: Islands northern Atlantic; winters Atlantic, southern oceans (B89)
Habitat Breeding - Islands offshore (B163)
Further Information


  • food - mainly small fish; also cephalopods, zooplankton
  • feeding behaviour - mainly surface dives during day to seize prey; also dips, seizing prey on surface. Sometimes feeds in small flocks
  • feeding nestlings - this species is within the family of "tube-noses": adults often feed distant from nest, ingest oily prey and regurgitate a mix of oil and partly digested flesh to feed young 


  • location and structure - in colonies; excavates crevices and burrows which have little or no vegetation lining
  • nest building - male and female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - not patterned
  • number of eggs - 1 (2)
  • broods - one brood per season
  • incubation - by female first, then male and female alternating approximately every 6 days; 47 - 55 days


  • development - Semi-altricial; downy; eyes open at hatching
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 62-76 days

(B163, B164)

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