Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus


The Manx Shearwater is the nominate member of its genus, that is, the genus Puffinus was created for the Manx Shearwater. This is certainly because the Manx Shearwater is the only Puffinus to breed in northern Europe, where the first taxonomists began to name the biological diversity of the world, it also breeds in the Azores, Canary Island and Newfoundland. After breeding the Manx Shearwater undertakes a direct transequitorial migration which follows the northwest coast of Africa, then by the southwest coast of South America, eventually to spend the boreal winter in the South Atlantic. Its main foraging technique is pursuit-plunging and surface-diving, whereby its uses its wings to propel itself underwater in pursuit of shoaling fish.

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Recommended Citation

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: