Manx Shearwater

Puffinus puffinus

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

MASH

Code 6

PUFPUF

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

1



Incubation Days:

52 - 54



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

In burrow or rock crevices.



Nest Material:

No material added to nest.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Manx Shearwater: Small shearwater with brown-black upperparts and white underparts, underwings and undertail coverts. Black head is darker than back. Bill is dark. Wings are long, slim, and straight. Tail is short and pointed. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Manx Shearwater: This species breeds on the northern coasts of North America from Alaska to northern Washington and from Newfoundland to Rhode Island. It is an uncommon visitor off the Pacific Coast from Alaska to southern California. This species is pelagic, coming ashore only to breed. Winters along the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Florida.

Breeding and Nesting

Manx Shearwater: One white egg is laid in a burrow or rock crevice. Incubation ranges from 52 to 54 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Manx Shearwater: Feeds on small fish and shellfish; forages on the surface and by plunge diving.

Vocalization

Manx Shearwater: On breeding grounds makes raucous, coughing calls, especially when in colonies.

Similar Species

Manx Shearwater: Audubon's Shearwater has a longer tail and dark undertail coverts. Greater and Cory's shearwaters are larger.

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UnderpartsX

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

Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X