Field marks:Large, all dark
shearwater with long, pointed wings. Only all
dark shearwater in Western North Atlantic. Flies on stiff wing beats
with long, arching glides. Occurrence:Mostly
encountered as a spring migrant (May and
June), southward fall migration is primarily through the eastern
pelagic, with most reports from far off shore. During Spring migration,
however, an east wind can push the migrants right into the surf zone
along the Atlantic Coast; Probably also visible from shore in May along
the Lesser Antilles, San Salvador, Cat Island, Abaco, and Eleuthera.
Fairly common transient
Bermuda, rare in Gulf of Mexico. Reported from Bahamas, off NW Cuba,
Puerto Rico and Lesser Antilles.
An obligate trans-equatorial migrant that occurs in both the Atlantic
and Pacific Oceans. The Atlantic population nests in the Falkland
Islands and is small, probably numbering between 10,000 and 20,000 breeding pairs.
Indian Breeding Seabird Atlas by Will
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Citation: Lee, D. S., W. A. Mackin. 2012. Sooty Shearwater. West Indian
Breeding Seabird Atlas
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