Pterodroma baraui (Jouanin, 1964) - Barau's Petrel

Subspecies in India

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Very litle is known about this pelagic species as it is described only in 1964. This species is quite rare. It inhabits marine neritic and oceanic areas, at the heights of 2,200m to 3,000m. It is migratory, breeding in Mauritius, Réunion, and wintering in the Indian ocean territory, Australia, Christmas Island, and Madagascar. It sometimes congregates into groups during the migratory season and disperses on its wintering grounds (BirdLife International 2018).

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population size estimated at 30,000 to 40,000 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from climate change and light pollution which affects the fledglings leading to light-induced mortality. Predator attacks by cats and rodents on this species may also lower its survival (BirdLife International 2018).

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total
BirdLife International 2018. Pterodroma baraui . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22698035A132621225. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22698035A132621225.en. Accessed on 31 January 2020.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Pterodroma baraui (Jouanin, 1964) – Barau's Petrel. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/pterodroma-baraui, accessed 2024/06/25.