Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)


Barau's Petrel (Pterodroma baraui)


French: Pétrel de Barau German: Barausturmvogel Spanish: Petrel de Barau

Bulweria baraui


, 1964,

Saint-Denis, Réunion




Tropical and subtropical Indian Ocean, breeding only on Reunion; has nested once on Rodrigues and may have bred on Mauritius#R.

Descriptive notes

38 cm; mean 433 g; wingspan 96 cm. Medium-sized greyish gadfly petrel with white underparts and bold white-and-blackish underwing pattern. Feathers of forehead blackish... read more


Vocalizations similar in some respects to those of P. inexpectata: gives an extended “... read more


Marine and pelagic: not uncommon over continental shelf, but generally forages further offshore,... read more

Food and feeding

Very little known, but apparently mainly fish and squid of c. 10 cm in length. Catches prey by surface seizing or dipping and surface... read more


Starts Oct/Nov, with earliest records over land as early as Sept. Colonial; nests in burrows (on average 98 cm long, 19 cm wide and 11 cm... read more


Until recently very little known, but extensive research has revealed much new information within... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Previously considered Near Threatened. Population certainly numbers several thousand birds on Reunion (just one breeding pair has ever been found on Rodrigues, in... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Barau's Petrel (Pterodroma baraui). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 February 2020).