Life+ Pétrels, Mascarene Petrel
average size
33 cm
MIDDLE WEIGHT
220 g
wingspan
88 cm

présentation

Mascarene Petrel
Pseudobulweria aterrima

Identification

Unknown to the general public and to scientists, this mysterious species is also called “Timize” in Creole. It is the basis of many tales and legends.

It’s a  small dark colored seabird as several other visible species around Reunion (Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera),  Jouanin’s Petrel (Bulweria fallax), Bulwer’s Petrel  (Bulweria bulwerii), Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica)). So, it’s a real challenge to identify Mascarene Petrel at-sea.

In hand, Mascarene Petrel shows tarsus and webbing black and pink.

 

STATUTS

Critically Endangered

POPULATION

40 - 50 couples

HABITAT

1200 and 1800 m altitude dense vegetation and located on favorable landing areas on cliffs

REPRODUCTION

Austral summer (back in september, laying in november, fledgling in march)

FOOD

Epipelagic fish and squid

FIDELITY

Probably high fidelity to nest site and partner like other procellaridae

1st RETURN IN COLONY

After 2 years

FIDELITY

Probably high fidelity to nest site and partner like other procellaridae

SOME ALARMING FIGURES

Less than 40 COUPLES

NEST IN REUNION IN 2015

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Status

Characteristics
The call of the Mascarene Petrel is a somewhat harsh shriek to human ears. Grand-Bassin’s inhabitants heard it in the past. At nightfall, the call used to mean that it was high time to return indoors, giving it a mysterious, dark side, perhaps a little scary for some…!
The colonies are probably in cliffs and remote areas.

Endemic to Reunion, this seabird is listed by IUCN as critically endangered since 1994.

There are only 4 species of the genera Pseudobulweria on the planet. Réunion Island has the only species in the Indian Ocean.
Mascarene Petrel is virtually unknown. It was recently ranked among the 15 species with the highest risk of extinction. Estimating the population is difficult, but it is probably between 10 and 50 breeding pairs.
No active breeding site has ever been found. The ecology and biology of this species are unknown.

For all this reasons the conservation of this species is an emergency.

 

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