Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan) - HBW 1, p. 255
French: Puffin de Méditerranée
German: Mittelmeer Sturmtaucher
Spanish: Pardela Mediterránea
Other common names: Mediterranean Shearwater; Levantine Shearwater (yelkouan); Balearic Shearwater (mauretanicus)
Taxonomy: Procellaria Yelkouan Acerbi, 1827, the Bosphorus, opposite Bujukdere.
Often placed in P. puffinus. Sometimes split into two species. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- yelkouan (Acerbi, 1827) - S France and E Algeria to Turkey and Bulgaria.
- mauretanicus Lowe, 1921 - Balearic Is (W Mediterranean).
- Vulnerable Enlarge map
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Note the pale underparts, which are different from the P. yelkouan mauretanicus
Locality Cap de Creus, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp yelkouan)
Dani Valverde 16 January 2010 3 years ago 4.6
Bird in flight, showing typical off white-brown underparts (contrary to ssp. yelkouan), particularly dark axillaries, neck and f
Locality Tarragona City, Tarragona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp mauretanicus (Balearic shearwater))
Pep Arcos 14 May 2012 12 weeks ago 4.3
Two birds flying, seen from below over the sea, off Barcelona. Note pure white underparts (borwnish or buffish-white in the clos
Locality Barcelona City, Barcelona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp yelkouan)
Pep Arcos 1 June 2008 23 weeks ago 4.2
A solitary bird on the sea cost
Locality Crimea Peninsula, Ukraine (ssp yelkouan)
lena.avonavi 18 August 2010 43 weeks ago 4
Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan)
Locality Castelló d'Empúries, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp yelkouan)
Dani Valverde 15 January 2011 2 years ago 4
Note the dark underparts, characteristic of the Balearic subspecies
Locality Cap de Creus, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp mauretanicus)
Dani Valverde 16 January 2010 3 years ago 4
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