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Balearic Shearwater

A species from the coasts of mainland Europe occasionally seen in small numbers off of the Dorset coast

Photograph by: 
Dominic Couzens

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Common Name Balearic Shearwater
Scientific Name Puffinus maurretanicus
Species Group Birds Shearwaters Petrels Auks and Cormorants
Status Scarce
Interest Level
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
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A shearwater with a bark brown back and light undersides

Identification Notes
  • Seen offshore in summer
  • Typical shearwater in appearance with a slender body and long wings
  • Less likely to be seen in flocks like its cousin the Manx shearwater 
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Birds Shearwaters Petrels Auks and Cormorants