Order: Procellariiformes Family: Procellariidae Status: Vagrant to Madeira
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A relatively large shearwater with narrow pointed wings and bulky cylindrical body.
This is a sooty-brown bird with pale panel on underwings coverts
In light wind it has a fast flight with quick wingbeats and short glides while in stronger winds it flies higher with steep wheeling.
Wide ranging transequatorial migrant in Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Sooty shearwater is a pelagic bird but it is often seen from shore.
In Northeast Atlantic might be confused with a dark morph of Balearic shearwater though Sooty has darker underparts while Puffinus mauretanicus has dirty white central part of its underparts.
Wingspan: 97 - 106 cm (Howell, 2012)
Total length: 43 - 45.5 cm (Howell, 2012)
Seasonality in Madeira: Observed around Madeira between mid May and end of August
Breeding: Breeds off South America and SE Australia and New Zealand from mid November to late April.
Madeira local status by Correia-Fagundes et al, 2021: Occasional
Madeira local status by Romano et al, 2010: Occasional vagrant bird
Conservation status by the IUCN Red List Categories, 2013: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Portuguese: Pardela preta, Bobo-escuro
German: Dunkler Sturmtaucher
Dutch: Grauwe Pijlstormvogel
Swedish: Grå lira
Danish: Sodfarvet Skråpe
Spanish: Pardela Sombría
French: Puffin fuligineux
Italian: Berta grigia
Polish: Burzyk szary
Slovak: Víchrovník tmavý
Czech: Buřňák temný
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