Calonectris borealis


Common Names: Cory's shearwater
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Fulmars, Petrels, & Shearwaters


A large shearwater in the seabird family Procellariidae. This species breeds on islands and cliffs in the Mediterranean, with the odd outpost on the Atlantic coast of Iberia. In late summer and autumn, most birds migrate into the Atlantic as far north as the south-western coasts of Great Britain and Ireland.

This bird flies with long glides, and always with wings bowed and angled slightly back, unlike the stiff, straight-winged flight of the similarly sized Great Shearwater. This shearwater is identifiable by its size, at 45-56 cm in length and with a 112-126 cm wingspan. It has brownish-grey upperparts, white underparts and yellowish bill. It lacks the brown belly patch, dark shoulder markings and black cap of Great Shearwater.

A rare bird in Connecticut, it is found along the shoreline.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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