Monday, July 30, 2007

Macaronesian shearwater fact sheet

Puffinus assimilis baroli | Macaronesian shearwater 

The Macaronesian shearwater  (also known as the barolo shearwater and the north Atlantic little shearwater) is endemic to Macaronesia. It is a small bird with a black dorsal and white ventral. The features that distinguish them from other north Atlantic species are: a lighter face, a light grey band at the top of the wings, blueish legs and  relatively short and round wings. The Macaronesian shearwater feeds mainly on small fishes and squids at the surface, but also can dive up to 23 meters deep. This subspecies breeds only in the Azores,  Madeira and in the  Canary Islands. In the Azores there are nesting colonies on all islands, except in Terceira. The female lays a single egg between January and February and the chick leave the nest between late May and early June. Both parents participate in incubation and raising the young. Individuals are known to fly up to 2,500 kilometers from the nest but the species is not considered to be migratory. This species is classified as "rare breeding" in the Azores.

Length: 25 - 30 cm

Weight: 140 - 211 g

Wingspan: 58 - 67 cm

• Global: c.10,000
• Azores: 895 - 1,741

In other languages
Portuguese: Frulho
Spanish: Pardela macaronesia/pardela chica del norte
French: Puffin de Macaronésie
Italian: -
German: -
Dutch: -
Swedish: Makaronesisk lira
Norwegian: -
Danish: -
Finnish: -

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