Bulweria fallax (Jouanin's
Donkervlerkkeilstert [Afrikaans]; Jouanin-stormvogel
[Dutch]; Pétrel de Jouanin [French]; Jouanin-sturmvogel [German]; Painho de
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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.