One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dark-backed shearwater (seabird) that nests on islands in the north-eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Hawaiian waters.
Puffinus puffinus, family Procellariidae
- ‘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.’
- ‘Situated 16 miles off the west coast of northern Scotland, Rum has one of the world's largest colonies of Manx shearwaters.’
- ‘It houses Manx shearwaters, herring and black-backed gulls, razorbills, stormy petrels and guillemots besides puffins.’
- ‘It is claimed the rats are eating the eggs of the puffin and the Manx shearwater, despite a number of scientific studies suggesting otherwise.’
- ‘The hatching success in the Manx shearwaters is strongly determined by the incidence of rainfall during the incubation period.’
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