Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Shearwaters and Petrels :: Greater Shearwater

Greater Shearwater Puffinus gravis

Described by: O'Reilly (1818)
Alternate common name(s): Great Shearwater
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors

Photographs

Atlantic Ocean near Veatchs Canyon, south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - Aug 27, 2005 © Glen Tepke  Atlantic Ocean near Veatchs Canyon, south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - Aug 27, 2005 © Glen Tepke  Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Massachusetts, USA - Jul 28, 2002 © Glen Tepke  Gulf of Maine, NE of Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA - Jun 11, 2005 © Glen Tepke  Gulf of Maine, NE of Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA - Jun 11, 2005 © Glen Tepke 
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Range

Atlantic Ocean;
Breeds at only four known sites in the s. Atlantic: Tristan da Cunha (Nightingale and Inaccessible Is.), Gough Is. and Kidney Is. in the Falklands. During breeding season, concentrates in s. Atlantic Ocean between 38-52S.
Winters (n. summer) mainly in nw. Atlantic Ocean off e. North America (40-67N), c. North Atlantic Ocean (40-67N) and off w. Europe between Rockall Bank and Iberian Peninsula.
Migrates around the Atlantic Ocean in a clockwise sense to Argentina (Tierra del Fuego) n. to Uruguay, Brazil (Bahia), Guyana, Surinam, Guiana, Venezuela, the West Indies, e. United States, e. Canada (July and August), s. Greenland and Iceland to w. Europe (late summer) including s. Norway, the British Isles (Atlantic coasts of n. Scotland, Ireland, sw. England), ex. nw. France, Spain, Portugal, nw. Africa (Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia) and from c. Angola s. to Namibia and South Africa (e. Cape of Good Hope) and into the se. Indian Ocean (39-54S at least to 65E mostly between 39-45E) to Crozet Is.
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North America n. of Mexican border
Summer: s. Greenland, n. LAB (e. Hudson Strait, Resolution Island), NFD (Atlantic coast), NSC, se. NBR, MAE, NHP, MAS, RID, NYK (Long Island), NJY, DEL, MYD, VIR, NCA, SCA and further off shore GEO, FLA.

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Sounds

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References

Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.

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