Definition of Manx shearwater in English:

Manx shearwater


  • A dark-backed shearwater (seabird) that nests on islands in the north-eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Hawaiian waters.

    Puffinus puffinus, family Procellariidae

    • ‘Situated 16 miles off the west coast of northern Scotland, Rum has one of the world's largest colonies of Manx shearwaters.’
    • ‘The hatching success in the Manx shearwaters is strongly determined by the incidence of rainfall during the incubation period.’
    • ‘It is claimed the rats are eating the eggs of the puffin and the Manx shearwater, despite a number of scientific studies suggesting otherwise.’
    • ‘Faced with a mineral-deficient diet, red deer on the Scottish island of Rum resort to an unusual source of calcium: They munch chicks of a seabird known as the Manx shearwater.’
    • ‘It houses Manx shearwaters, herring and black-backed gulls, razorbills, stormy petrels and guillemots besides puffins.’