Bulweria bulwerii   (Jardine & Selby,  1828) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 26-27 cm.

Color: Over all sooty brown with whitish band on secondaries, conspicuous in upperwing flight pattern. Bill all black, legs flesh-colored. outer toes and webs black.

Habits: Fly close to waves, tail is genrally held slightly raised, do not follow ships. Repeatedly circles and meander low over surface when feeding.

A small brownish black gadfly petrel with paler chin and edges of greater wing coverts, short slim bill, short legs and long wedge-shaped tail. Wings long, in flight held forward and bowed.

Breeding season: The breeding season begins in April or May, with individuals forming colonies in a wide variety of habitats on offshore islands. Nests can be burrows, crevices, cracks or caves, under debris or vegetation cover.

Synonym (s)
Bulweria bulweria (Jardine & Selby, 1828)
Procellaria bulwerii (Jardine & Selby, 1828)

Common Name (s)
• Bulwer's Petrel (English)
• Bulwer’s Gadfly Petrel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Open Sea
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Squids, small fish and zooplankton
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • PBase Available at - http://www.pbase.com/
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%203%20(1).pdf
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%206%20(1).pdf
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%208%20(1).pdf
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at - http://www.itis.gov.
  • Jeyarajasingam (2012) A Field Guid to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore Oxford University press 2nd edition 1-89pp Available at - http://books.google.co.in/books?id=UIh8RwJpYYkC&pg=PA88&dq=Bulweria+bulwerii+in+india&hl=en&sa=X&ei=95b2T66jCcPNrQe_rdXZBg&ved=0CFQQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=Bulweria%20bulwerii%20in%20india&f=false
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1968) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford university press 1 1-368pp Available at - NIO

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