Monday, 14 May 2018

Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea)

OTHER NAMES: N/A
Latin Etymology: Calonectris ("Good swimmer") diomedea (named after mythical King Diomedes)
Two Adult Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) at Capo Murro di Porco, Sicily, Italy - May 2018

Local Name (Italian): Berta Maggiore ("Greater Shearwater")
Weight: 560-730g
Length: 45cm
Wingspan: 112-122cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Another species which has experienced a bit of wrangling taxonomically in recent years - traditionally it was considered the Mediterranean subspecies of the larger Cory's Shearwater - a bird that is found across the Atlantic.  However, deeper within the Mediteranean, it is the smaller and paler Scopoli's which is now treated as it's own species by most authorities.  They are named after Giovanni Antonio Scopoli - an Italian naturalist who lived in the 1700s who corresponded with Linnaeus.

Related Species:
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Genus: Calonectris
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
ITALY - Fairly commonly seen from headlands
 - SICILY 2018 TRIP - Seen from Capo Murro di Porco in several small flocks

Further Notes: Arkive, BirdForum OpusIUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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