Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Endangered

Barau's Petrel (Pterodroma baraui)


Taxonomy

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

Bulweria baraui

Jouanin

, 1964,

Saint-Denis, Réunion

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52537 on 21 July 2018).