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Birds

Scopoli’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea)

Description

The Scopoli’s Shearwater has a length of 46 cm and can weigh between 700-800 g. Larger than the Manx Shearwater in the Mediterranean Sea. A pale grey body and head, with a black tail and outer wing, and has a white underside. Usually seen following fishing boats. The Cory and Scopoli’s Shearwater are now two distinct species, with similar appearances, though the Cory’s is larger with a stouter bill, and best distinguished by the pattern of the underwing. The Scopoli’s Shearwater flies with long glides, with wings bowed and angled slightly back.

Habitat

The Scopoli’s Shearwater nest on offshore islands in the summer, and at sea in the winter.

Diet

Scopoli’s Shearwaters’ feed almost exclusively on squid.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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