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When Do Youngsters Fly The Nest?
2012-07-06 09:45:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As seabirds mature and reach a time where they can fly the nest, their parents begin to feed them less each day. However, according to researchers from the University of Leeds, it is actually hormones that control when the chicks will leave home. In their study, the researchers wanted to pinpoint the main trigger which causes chicks to leave the nest and get on to an independent life, a process known as fledging. While studying...

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2009-10-03 09:54:27

Human activities have meant invasive species have been able to populate parts of the world to which they are not native and alter biodiversity there over thousands of years. Now, an international team of scientists has studied the impact of the black rat on bird populations on Mediterranean islands. Despite the rat's environmental impact, only the tiny European storm petrel has been affected over time by its enforced cohabitation with the rat. A European team has studied around 300 islands in...

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2009-01-16 13:20:00

British scientists have discovered that the Manx shearwaters make routine "stopovers" during their 12,400-mile migration, most likely to feed and rest. The researchers recovered data using electronic tags that were fitted to six breeding pairs of Puffinus puffinus, small birds weighing about 14 ounces.  The birds were from Skomer Island off the coast of Wales."Every one of the 12 birds made at least one stop during its migration in one place for up to two weeks," Tim Guilford of the...

2008-02-21 14:51:10

A collaborative effort between Microsoft, the University of Oxford and Freie Universitat, Berlin has resulted in a new GPS tracking system that can be adapted to study how animals interact with their environment. Last summer researchers installed the system of wireless sensors and GPS trackers which are already shedding light on the behavior of manx shearwaters on Skomer Nature Reserve. Robin Freeman, one of the lead scientists of the project, said the team hopes the project will allow them...

2007-10-03 15:53:56

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - In 2005, a 2.9-inch steelhead left a Washington state hatchery in 2005 with a tiny implanted electronic tag. In April, Maori hunter Dale Whaitiri on Big Moggy Island off Southern New Zealand killed a young sooty shearwater chick, and found the tag. It had traveled 7,700 miles, fascinating scientists an ocean apart who are trying to figure out how it got there. The answer may reveal ecological connections stretching across the Pacific and illuminate the value Northwest...

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2007-07-04 00:50:00

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Hundreds of dead seabirds that washed up along the Southeast coast in recent weeks apparently starved to death, but experts don't know why. The deaths of the birds - similar to gulls and called greater shearwaters - have wildlife officials worried about possible changes in the ocean that could have affected the fish that the birds usually eat. "It's got a lot of folks talking and wondering," said Jennifer Koches, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....

2005-07-05 15:30:19

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- Wildlife officials are trying to determine what is killing hundreds of sea birds that have washed ashore in Virginia Beach and other locations along the Atlantic coast in the past several weeks. Most of the birds are greater shearwaters, which are now migrating north from their breeding grounds in the South Atlantic. Since June 12, more than 500 dead sea birds have been reported from Maryland to Florida, said Emi Saito, a wildlife disease specialist with the U.S....


Latest Puffinus Reference Libraries

Galapagos Shearwater, Puffinus subalaris
2013-04-21 09:15:46

The Galapagos Shearwater (Puffinus subalaris) is a petite shearwater. Until recently, it was considered to be a subspecies of Audubon’s Shearwater, but it is actually one of two members of a very ancient lineage of the small Puffinus species, the other being, as indicated by mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data, the Christmas Shearwater. It’s an endemic breeder of the Galapagos Islands, and is largely sedentary, although individuals are frequently seen as far as the Oaxacan coast of Mexico....

Buller’s Shearwater, Puffinus bulleri
2013-04-21 09:09:37

The Buller’s Shearwater (puffinus bulleri) is a Pacific species of seabird in the Procellariidae family; it is also known as the Grey-backed Shearwater or New Zealand Shearwater. It is a member of the black-billed wedge-tailed Thyellodroma group, among the bigger shearwaters of the proposed genus Ardenna; it creates a superspecies with the Wedge-tailed Shearwater. The adult birds are 46 to 47 cm in length, with a 97 to 99 cm wingspan, and they have been recorded to weigh 342 to 435g. The...

Great Shearwater, puffinus gravis
2013-01-01 14:28:01

The Great Shearwater (puffinus gravis) is a large shearwater in a seabird family called Procellariidae. There is unclear evidence of its relationships. The Great Shearwater belongs to a group consisting of large species that can be distinguished as genus Ardenna; within these, it might be associated with the other blunt-tailed black-billed species Short-tailed Shearwater and particularly the Sooty Shearwater. On the other hand, it could be a monotypic subgenus (ardenna sensu stricto), a...

The Flesh-Footed Shearwater, Puffinus carneipes
2012-10-29 14:26:36

The plumage of this bird is black, with pale pinkish feet, and a black-tipped pale bill. In flight, the undersides of the wings may appear silver. Flesh-footed Shearwater is 40-47 cm in length, 510-750 g in weight, and the wingspan is 99-107 cm long. Breeding in colonies, these birds have two main breeding areas; one in the Southwest Pacific Ocean including Lord Howe Island and Northern New Zealand; the second being along the cost of Western Australia from Cape Leeuwin to the Recherche...

Christmas Shearwater
2012-04-03 13:55:30

The Christmas Shearwater, (Puffinus nativitatis), is a species of bird found throughout the tropical Central Pacific islands, including the Hawaiian Islands, Tuamotu, the Marshall Islands, Kiritimati and Sala-y-Gómez. It has become locally extinct on a number of islands within its range. During the non-breeding seasons it extends across the Pacific, with some records reaching Mexico and Guatemala in the east, and Bonin Islands in the west. It is a rare vagrant further south, being recorded...

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