French: Puffin persique German: Arabiensturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela persa
Other common names:
A. O. Hume
#R at sea between Guadar and Muscat
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. persicus
A. O. Hume, 1872 – Arabian Sea, breeding on Socotra and Kuria Muria Is (off S Oman).
P. p. temptator
Louette & Herremans, 1985 – W Indian Ocean, breeding on Mohéli (Comoro Is).
27–33 cm; 175 g (temptator, one male); wingspan 64–74 cm. Small, dark-and-white shearwater with comparatively short broad wings and long rounded tail.... read more
No detailed vocal data, even for nominate persicus.
Marine; normally in offshore waters, but also pelagic and near land in vicinity of colonies;... read more
Food and feeding
Presumably mainly fish, squid and crustaceans, like other members of P. bailloni complex. Prey caught by pursuit-diving and... read more
Generally in summer (e.g. Comoros, temptator). Very few breeding data for either race, e.g. persicus reported by local... read more
Little known, especially race temptator. Adults thought to be largely sedentary; immatures... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and locally abundant, breeding on Kuria Muria Is, off Oman, and on Socotra (the bulk of the population), with an overall... read more
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