The sooty shearwater is a seabird which is smaller than a herring gull. It is a large shearwater, with dark brown body and long brown 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 they move down into UK waters on their return to the southern ocean to breed.
What they eat:
Fish, squid, crustaceans and offal from fishing boats.
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