Baking: Manx Shearwater

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Puffinus puffinus

Length: 13-14 in Wingspan: 2-3 feet Weight: 1-1.5 lbs

Identification:

Dark above and light below, with light undertail coverts. Head dark with light crescent behind cheek.

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Distribution:

Nests in the north Atlantic, mainly the United Kingdom and Ireland, with some colonies as far west as Canada and Massachusetts, and as far south as Spain. Winter visitor along the east coast of North America, and rarely along the west coast.

Cool Facts:

The Manx Shearwater received the scientific name puffinus (it’s species name, as well as the genus name shared by several shearwaters) when two English natural historians incorrectly identified some taxidermied young birds as puffins.

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References:

Audubon Field Guide

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