Family Petrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Near Threatened

Jouanin's Petrel (Bulweria fallax)


French: Pétrel de Jouanin German: Jouaninsturmvogel Spanish: Petrel de Jouanin

Bulweria fallax


, 1955,

north-western Indian Ocean, latitude 12° 30’ N, longitude 55° E


Has been considered conspecific with B. bulwerii. Monotypic.


NW Indian Ocean, breeding on Socotra#R; suspected to breed in Oman, either inland (in desert mountains) or along coast (e.g. in Kuria Muria Is).

Descriptive notes

30–32 cm; 150–180 g; wingspan 76–83 cm. All-dark seabird with wedge-shaped tail. Dark sooty brown to blackish brown, sometimes with slightly paler and... read more


Virtually unknown, although a noisy grunt has been described (context unknown) and a bird with a... read more


Marine and pelagic, mainly recorded far from land. Recently discovered breeding in holes in tall... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually no information available, but diet suspected to be probably mostly squid (probably caught at night like congeneric B.... read more


Virtually nothing known. Breeding colony of c. 50 pairs (although up to 1000 birds observed offshore in environs) recently discovered on... read more


Very little known. Recorded in S Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and well into Arabian Sea, where considered... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Sufficiently large numbers seen at sea (e.g. 100s, even 1000s off both Oman and Socotra) to suggest population... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Jutglar, F., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Jouanin's Petrel (Bulweria fallax). 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 24 February 2020).