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Manx Shearwater

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Manx Shearwater

Photo credit: Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

Something like two thirds of the world's population of Manx Shearwaters breed on Rum. They migrate to South America for the winter!

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These birds nest in burrows and were originally confused with Puffins as both Puffin and Shearwater babies were much sought after for food and looked very similar.

Because they nest on the ground the Shearwater is very nervous and spends much of its time bobbing about at sea in huge rafts. They only return to their burrows after dark with a whooshing and rustling noise. This night noise seems to have impressed the Vikings who thought the noise was made by underground trolls.