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Dune shearwater

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Aves
Family  Procellariidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Procellariiformes
Genus  Puffinus
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Similar  Lava shearwater, Trias greenfinch, Canary Islands quail, Great O‘ahu crake, New Zealand stiff‑tailed

The dune shearwater (Puffinus holeae), also known as the Canarian shearwater or Hole's shearwater, was a relatively large shearwater which bred in the Canary Islands archipelago of the North Atlantic Ocean. Fossils have also been found in the Figueira Brava cave archaeological site on the western coast of Portugal. The specific epithet honours Mrs Jean Hole who collected fossil material of the species on the Jandia Peninsula of Fuerteventura. It was intermediate in size between the Manx and Cory's shearwaters. Its breeding colonies were in dune fields, in contrast to those of the smaller and sympatric lava shearwater which bred in lava fields. Extinction of the species occurred about 2000–3000 years ago, contemporaneously with the first human settlement of the islands by the Guanches, with the cause likely to be human predation.

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Dune shearwater Wikipedia


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