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Bird name:

Great Shearwater

Puffinus gravis

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

BTO 2

GQ

BTO 5

GRTSH

Euring 5

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Great Shearwater is regular in pelagic waters of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland from August to October. It has a "Green" status because of its large, stable population.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

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PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SUMMARY

Overview

Great Shearwater: Long-winged seabird a bit larger than a Common Gull. Dark grey upperparts and upperwings with pale edging, white uppertail coverts, black tail, grey-brown cap and white collar. Underparts white except for brown vent and patch on belly. White wing linings and thin, black bill.


Range and Habitat

Great Shearwater: Visitor to the UK. Breeds in south Atlantic, near Falkland Islands. Birds remain offshore, and can be seen primarily from Northern and Western Isles, western Ireland, and Cornish coast. Most likely to be seen in late summer and early autumn.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

Generally silent, may growl while feeding in a group.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Without entirely folding its wings, a Great Shearwater lands on the water surface with its feet, balances with its wings, and "walks" forward over the water as it picks up food from near the surface.
  • These birds need a running start to become airborne. They run along the water surface before taking flight.
  • Their long thin wings are adapted to exploiting the air currents that eddy above the waters surface with minimum effort, one is recorded to have glided continuously for 2.4 km.
  • A group of shearwaters are collectively known as an "improbability" of shearwaters.

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BACKYARD BIRDING

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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PelagicX
The pelagic is a type of bird whose habitat is on the open ocean rather than in a coastal region or on inland bodies of water (lakes, rivers). An example of a pelagic bird is the blacklegged kittiwake.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX