manxshearwater

October 26, 2016 – Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus)

These shearwaters have a large range, spanning most of the Atlantic Ocean. They feed on small fish, squid, and crustaceans. Wintering along the coast of South America and breeding near the British Isles, their migration is one of the longest in the world. One individual was estimated to have traveled over five million miles (eight million kilometers) during its lifetime. Breeding in large colonies on small, largely uninhabited, islands, they build their nests in burrows. Parents only visit the nests at night to avoid predation, traveling hundreds of miles each day to find food for the chicks. They leave the chicks after 60 days and the chicks leave the nest eight or nine days later.

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