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Bulweria fallax (Jouanin's petrel) 

Donkervlerkkeilstert [Afrikaans]; Jouanin-stormvogel [Dutch]; Pétrel de Jouanin [French]; Jouanin-sturmvogel [German]; Painho de Jouanin [Portuguese]

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Bulweria fallax (Jouanin's petrel)   

Jouanin's petrel, offshore from Oman. [photo Hanne & Jens Eriksen ©]


Distribution and habitat

Breeds at Socotra and probably Oman, Arabian Sea in the period from June-December, dispersing across the north-west Indian Ocean mostly up to about 10° North. It is a vagrant to southern Africa, with several records in the Mozambique Channel.


Its diet is little known, but is though to consist mainly squid, supplemented with fish and crustaceans. It does most of its foraging by flying close to the water before grabbing its prey.


Near-threatened, largely due to the killing of fledglings by humans.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.