Barau's Petrel (Pterodroma baraui)



Conservation status: CRITICAL


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Where and When

Breeds at high altitudes (c.2,700 m), probably in burrows in cinder soils under sparse vegetation on Réunion (to France) in the western Indian Ocean, where its estimated population of 3,000 pairs. Has been subjected to illegal but persistently unpoliced inshore shooting by the locals, and as a result the population is thought to have been halved in recent years (Birdlife International).

It may be possible to see breeders from a boat off St Gilles or St Denis in the hour or two preceding dusk.

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