Macaronesian Shearwater (Puffinus baroli)

Macaronesian Shearwater

[order] PROCELLARIIFORMES | [family] Procellariidae | [latin] Puffinus baroli | [authority] Bonaparte, 1857 | [UK] Macaronesian Shearwater | [FR] Dacnis a pattes noires | [DE] Kleiner Sturmtaucher | [ES] Pardela chica | [NL] Canarische kleine pijlstormvogel


Monotypic species


Until recently the shearwaters were devided in two genera Calonectris and Puffinus, but based on dna-analysis Penhallurick and Wink (2004) have proposed a splitting of the shearwaters into three genera: Calonectris for the large shearwaters of the Northern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the waters around Japan, Ardenna for a group of large Southern Hemisphere breeders and Puffinus for the smaller shearwaters such as the Manx’ group, Audubon’s and Little Shearwaters. This new taxonomy is now widely accepted, but not by all and is stil subject of discussion.

Physical charateristics

This bird is like a small version of the Manx Shearwater. The upper parts are black while the underside is white. The wings and head are more rounded. The face is white with the dark eye standing out (unlike the Manx Shearwater, in which the eye is in the dark part of the face). The rear edges of the wings are silvery-grey.

wingspan min.: 60 cm wingspan max.: 64 cm
size min.: 26 cm size max.: 30 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 1  


Atlantic Ocean : Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands,Cape Verde Islands. This species is exclusive to the Madeira, Azores and Canary archipelagos. In the Madeira archipelago, nests on Madeira, Pacific Oceanrto Santo, Desertas and Selvagens islands.


This seabird lives all year relatively near to its breeding area but is very rarely seen and/or identified since it does not follow ships and, with its wave-top flight, is easily missed.


Macaronesian Shearwater is a pelagic bird that nests on the cliffs of small islands and rocks. It builds its nest in rock cavities and under loose stones. The eggs, one per pair of birds, are laid no later than February and the juveniles leave their nests in May/June, when these are then occupied by Bulwer’s Petrels or Cory’s Shearwaters

Feeding habits

Diet includes fish and molluscs


Not recognized by Birdlife


No data

Distribution map

Macaronesian Shearwater distribution range map

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