The Cahow

The cahow is probably the world’s rarest sea bird. It has been to the brink of extinction, at around the 17th century, and back. It is 33 cm long and weighs 250g or ¼ of a kg. It has long wings and feathers are usually a grey, black, brown or white in colour. It lives about 1,000 km range around the Bermuda Ocean. It is known to eat, most commonly small squid. This bird enjoys gliding over the ocean but in October will return home to make a nest. Females are known to give birth to only one egg and gestation period can be from 40-60 days. When the chick is born, both mother and father will care for it. The reason this bird was nearly hunted to extinction was because of excessive hunting and other birds claiming nest lands.



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