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 4 years ago 4.7
Balearic shearwater in flight over the Mediterranean sea / Pardela balear en vuelo sobre el Mar Mediterráneo
Locality Gulf of Roses, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp mauretanicus)
Antonio Rodriguez Sinovas 15 April 2013 34 weeks ago 4.5
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 1 year ago 4.4
Bird in flight seen from above, over to plunge-dive, off Ebro Delta.
Locality Ebro Delta, Tarragona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp mauretanicus (Balearic shearwater))
Pep Arcos 18 June 2014 31 weeks ago 4.4
Locality Tarragona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp mauretanicus)
Fran Trabalon 15 May 2013 31 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 1 year ago 4.3
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