Jouanin's petrel

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Jouanin's petrel (Bulweria fallax) is a seabird belonging to the Procellariidae family. Jouanin's petrel is found in the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Red Sea. These bird species are seen off coasts of Djibouti, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Kenya, Maldives, Mozambique, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, and Yemen.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) had categorized and evaluated these bird species and had listed them as 'Near Threatened'.

These birds are small in size, measuring 30 cm in length and weighing 150 to 180 grams. Their wingspan is 75 to 85 cm. They are dark sooty birds with wedge shaped tail. They feed on fish, squids and shrimps. They are marine and pelagic and are observed far from the shore. Their natural habitats are open seas and shallow seas. They have been recorded to breed on Socotra.

Indian birds - Jouanin's petrel - Bulweria fallax
Indian birds - Jouanin's petrel - Bulweria fallax

Biological classification of Bulweria fallax
Species:B. fallax
Binomial name:Bulweria fallax
Distribution:Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea,
Feeding habits:fish, squids and shrimp;
IUCN status listing:
Near Threatened

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