Manx Shearwater

Name: Manx Shearwater

Scientific name: Puffinus puffinus

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?

About: Shearwaters are members of a group of birds known as 'tubenoses', a group that also includes fulmar, albatrosses and the tiny storm petrels. Manx Shearwaters nest in burrows on a small number of islands off the west coast of Britain, visiting the burrows

How to identify: A medium-sized black and white bird with long stiff wings, sometimes seen in large numbers, particularly in the evening, near their nesting sites. The size of a small gull.

Where: Nests on rocky islands around the coasts of Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Isles of Scilly.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 60
  • Agility: 40
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 90

Fantastic fact: A Manx Shearwater that nested on Bardsey Island in Wales in 2008 was at least 56 years old and estimated to have flown more than 5 million miles in its lifetime.

Photograph credit: Cotinis

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