Greater Shearwater

Family: Procellariidae

Scientific Name:Puffinus gravis

Description: They are similar size of a crow, and have pointed wings than gulls. They are brown above, and white below, with a glossy back cap, and a white patch at the base of the tail. Adult length is approximately 46cm and width 112cm.

Distribution: Breeds in the south Atlantic and is common along the east coast during migration.

Habitat: Lives in open ocean, preferring cold water areas.

Nesting: It does not nest in Atlantic Canada.

Diet: Makes shallow dives for small fish, squid and possibly crustaceans.

Interesting facts: Greater Shearwaters sometimes forage in association with whales and dolphins.


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