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Birds by name
Conservation status: Amber
The leach's petrel is a starling-sized seabird. Birds are all black underneath and mostly black above, apart from a white rump. It has a forked tail. The white rump has a black line down it. Breeds on remote offshore islands to the UK and feed out beyond the Continental shelf. It is specially protected by law and it is important that its breeding colonies are protected from introduced predators such as cats and rats. Spends most of its time at sea, only approaching land to breed and then only at night. Most British and Irish birds migrate in the winter to the tropics, although a few remain in the northern Atlantic.
Petrels and shearwaters (Hydrobatidae)
The best place to look for one is from seawatching points around the coast in the autumn, particularly during strong winds. Very occasionally, birds turn up on inland waters, but this is usually storm-driven exhausted birds. Breeds on offshore islands in N and W Scotland.
Watch for it passing offshore during September and October, when gales blow it close to land.
Crustaceans, molluscs and small fish.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.