Barolo Shearwater

Puffinus baroli

Order

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Family

Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Code 4

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Code 6

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ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable

The Barolo Shearwater breeds on the Azores and Canary Islands and mostly ranges in pelagic waters of the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean. Although the size of its population is not known, the species is believed to be declining because of introduced predators and human disturbance. It has an IUCN conservation rating of Vulnerable.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Barolo Shearwater: Tiny shearwater, dark brown upperparts and white underparts; dark cap extends only to eye. Bill is short and black. Swims and dives for food, picks food off surface of water. Feeds on fish and squid. Flight is low, fast and straight, alternates rapid wing beats and banking glides. Formerly called the Little Shearwater. Name changed to Barolo Shearwater in 2014 by the American Ornithologist Union.

 

Range and Habitat

Barolo Shearwater: This species breeds on scattered islands on the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere. It roams widely in the Southern Hemisphere or eastern Atlantic Ocean in the nonbreeding season. It is a very rare vagrant to North America, having been recorded three times on the Atlantic Coast near the Carolinas and Maine.

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Barolo Shearwater SONGS AND CALLS

Barolo Shearwater Silent

Generally silent except on breeding grounds.

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Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Barolo Shearwater is split from the Little Shearwater and all records of sighting of the Little Shearwater in North America are now assigned to the Barolo Shearwater.
  • Despite the scientific name, this species is completely unrelated to puffins, which are auks, the only resemblance being that they are both burrow-nesting seabirds.
  • It breeds in colonies on islands and coastal cliffs, nesting in burrows which are only visited at night to avoid predation by large gulls.
  • A group of shearwaters are collectively known as an "improbability" of shearwaters.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

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TERMINOLOGY

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Author

David Lukas

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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