Family:Petrels and shearwaters
30cm to 38cm
76cm to 82cm
350g to 450g
The Manx shearwater is a small member of the shearwater family. They have black upperparts, white lower parts and long and straight wings.
This shearwater flies with a series of swift, stiff beats to the wings over the seas surface.
These birds breed in colonies in the UK, usually offshore on islands - this is because it's clear of rats and other ground predators that pose a risk.
Their diets consist of fish, particularly herrings, sprats and sardines.
Although gull-like in size, fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) are related to the albatross and spend extended periods of time at sea, gliding over the Arctic waters where they feed in large flocks. They only come inland to breed, establishing extensive colonies on rocky clifftop ledges.
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