Manx Shearwater

Manx Shearwater

Scientific name: Puffinus puffinus

Did you know: The Manx Shearwater, known for its incredible navigational skills, can travel over a million kilometres in its lifetime!

What Do Manx Shearwaters Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Manx Shearwaters are medium-sized seabirds, recognizable by their distinct black and white plumage. Their long, narrow wings and streamlined bodies make them skilled fliers over the ocean.

Differences Between Male And Female Manx Shearwaters

There are no significant visual differences between male and female Manx Shearwaters. Both sexes share the same sleek black and white colouring, with dark upper parts and white underparts.

Manx Shearwater

What Do Manx Shearwaters Eat?

Their diet primarily consists of small fish like herrings and sardines, as well as squid and crustaceans. They are adept at diving and catching their prey just below the ocean’s surface.

Where Do Manx Shearwaters Live? (Including Migration Info)

Manx Shearwaters are true ocean voyagers, breeding on remote Atlantic islands and migrating thousands of kilometres to wintering grounds off South America and Africa. They are known for their impressive homing abilities.

Flying Manx Shearwater

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Manx Shearwaters)

Famously, Manx Shearwaters are vocal at night, especially in their breeding colonies. Their calls are an eerie mix of wails and coos, contributing to their folklore reputation as ‘devil birds.’

Fun Manx Shearwater Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Manx Shearwaters can live for over 50 years.
  • These birds travel up to 10,000 km during migration.
  • They nest in burrows and are nocturnal at their breeding sites.
  • Known for their ‘shearing’ flight, they fly low over the sea surface.
  • Manx Shearwaters can dive up to 20 metres to catch fish.

Facts About The Manx Shearwater

Diet: Fish, especially herrings, sardines and sprats.
Bird Family: Petrels and shearwaters
Length: 30-38 cm
Wingspan: 76-82 cm
Weight: 350-450 g
Scientific Name: Puffinus puffinus

The Manx Shearwater Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October