Rapa Shearwater Puffinus myrtae

Family: Procellariidae (Petrels, Shearwaters)

Authority: (Bourne, 1959)

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(ii)

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Justification of Red List category
This species has a very small breeding range, and is only known to breed on four tiny islets around Rapa, French Polynesia, but potentially also on the main island. The population is undergoing a drastic decline, presumably as a result of depredation by introduced mammals. Therefore, this newly-split species is listed as Critically Endangered.

Population size: 50-249

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 126,000 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Puffinus myrtae. Downloaded from on 04/02/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 04/02/2023.