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Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus

Sooty Shearwater

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.

Mostly encountered as a spring migrant (May and June), southward fall migration is primarily through the eastern Atlantic. Highly 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 in Bermuda, rare in Gulf of Mexico. Reported from Bahamas, off NW Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Lesser Antilles.

Natural History: 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.

West Indian Breeding Seabird Atlas by Will Mackin and David Lee is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Based on work at www.wicbirds.net. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.wicbirds.net.

Suggested Citation: Lee, D. S., W. A. Mackin. 2012. Sooty Shearwater. West Indian Breeding Seabird Atlas <http://www.wicbirds.net/sosh.html>. Last Updated: _____. Date accessed: ______.

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