French: Puffin de Baillon German: Tropensturmtaucher Spanish: Pardela tropical
Other common names:
Baillon's Shearwater (bailloni)
“ex Insula Franciae” = Mauritius#R
Subspecies and Distribution
P. b. nicolae
Jouanin, 1971 – tropical Indian Ocean, breeding in Aldabra, Seychelles, Maldives and Chagos Archipelago.
P. b. bailloni
Bonaparte, 1857 – tropical Indian Ocean, breeding on Europa I and Reunion (Mascarene Is).
P. b. dichrous
Finsch & Hartlaub, 1867 – tropical Pacific Ocean, breeding from Palau and Marianas E to Gambier Is.
P. b. gunax
Mathews, 1930 – Seas of SW Pacific, breeding on Vanuatu.
27–33 cm; 165–259 g (bailloni), 168–214 g (nicolae); wingspan 64–74 cm. Small, dark-and-white shearwater with comparatively short broad wings and long... read more
Female calls lower in frequency and harsher than those of males, at least on Reunion. At nest-sites... read more
Marine; normally in offshore waters, but also pelagic and near land in vicinity of colonies. Breeds... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fish, squid and crustaceans. Food fed to chicks on Seychelles (nicolae) numerically dominated by fish (97%), the rest squid... read more
Season and length of cycle variable with locality, generally in summer at higher latitudes (e.g. Reunion, bailloni Jul–Oct), but... read more
Little known. Adults thought to be largely sedentary, e.g. generally within 80–300 km of breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and locally abundant, with race dichrous estimated to number 1000–10,000 pairs on Line Is and 10,000–100,000... read more
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