Boyd's shearwater

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Boyd's shearwater
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Genus: Puffinus
Species:
P. boydi
Binomial name
Puffinus boydi
Mathews, 1912
Synonyms
  • P. assimilis boydi
  • P. lherminieri boydi
  • P. baroli boydi
  • P. parvus
Egg of Puffinus boydi
(coll.MHNT)

Boyd's shearwater (Puffinus boydi), also known as the Cape Verde little shearwater, is a small shearwater which breeds in the Cape Verde archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean some 570 km off the coast of West Africa. The epithet commemorates British ornithologist Arnold Boyd.

Taxonomy[edit]

Boyd's shearwater is sometimes considered a subspecies of either the little shearwater, Audubon's shearwater or Macaronesian shearwater. It has also been shown to be synonymous with the extinct Puffinus parvus Shufeldt of Bermuda.

References[edit]

  • "Cape Verde Little Shearwater". Avibase. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  • Olson, Storrs L. (2010). "Stasis and turnover in small shearwaters on Bermuda over the last 400 000 years (Aves: Procellariidae: Puffinus lherminieri group)". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 99 (4): 699–707. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2010.01393.x.