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The Manx shearwater is a small shearwater, with long straight slim wings, with black above and white below. It flies with a series of rapid stiff-winged flaps followed by long glides on stiff straight wings over the surface of the sea, occasionally banking or 'shearing'.
It breeds in colonies in the UK, on offshore islands where it is safe from rats and other ground predators. Birds leave their nest sites in July, to migrate to the coast of South America, where they spend the winter, returning in late February and March.
What they eat:
Fish, especially herrings, sardines and sprats.
- 30-38 cm
- 76-82 cm
- 350-450 g
- UK breeding:
- 280,000-320,000 pairs