Balearic Shearwater

Irish Name: Cánóg Bhailéarach
Scientific name: Puffinus mauretanicus
Bird Family: Tubenoses
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Conservation status

Status

Scarce passage migrant off all Irish coasts from July to November. Rare offshore during winter and spring.

Identification

Slightly larger than Manx Shearwater and in all respects very similar to that species. The most noticeable differences include paler brown upperparts, as well as more extensive darker markings on the underparts (throat and vent) and wing. The white on the underparts (belly) tends to appear as an isolated patch. Balearic Shearwaters are a slightly different shape to Manx Shearwater, appearing more like a small Sooty Shearwater. Rarely, Balearic Shearwaters can be as pale as Manx Shearwater or even as dark as Sooty Shearwater.

Voice

Silent on migration

Diet

Balearic Shearwaters mainly feed on small fish such as Sardines, as well as squid and small crustaceans.

Breeding

The breeding population is confined to the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean.

Wintering

On the open ocean of the western Mediterranean and east Atlantic.

Monitored by

SeaTrack

Similar Species

Cory's Shearwater

Irish Name:
Cánóg Cory
Scientific name:
Calonectris diomedia
Bird Family:
Tubenoses

Manx Shearwater

Irish Name:
Canog dhubh
Scientific name:
Puffinus puffinus
Bird Family:
Tubenoses

Sooty Shearwater

Irish Name:
Cánóg dhorcha
Scientific name:
Sooty Shearwater
Bird Family:
Tubenoses