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Conservation status: Amber

The sooty shearwater is a seabird, that is smaller than a herring gull. It is a large shearwater, with dark brown body and wings and long wings. Its bill is dark and when seen close up, there is a pale band along the underneath of the wings. It does not breed in the UK, but makes a huge clockwise migration up the western Atlantic in spring to spend the northern summer in the north Atlantic. Then in summer/autumn it moves down into UK waters on its return to the southern ocean to breed.

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Overview

Latin name

Puffinus griseus

Family

Petrels and shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Where to see them

Best looked for from seawatching places in late summer and autumn.

When to see them

August-October.

What they eat

Fish, squid, crustaceans and offal from fishing boats.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
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Distribution

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