Grey Petrel Procellaria cinerea

Family: Procellariidae (Petrels, Shearwaters)

Authority: Gmelin, 1789

Red List Category

Criteria: A2cde+3cde+4cde

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Justification of Red List category
Although there are no current data on the population trend, this species is susceptible to introduced mammalian predators, having been previously extirpated from Macquarie Island by cats and rats, and it has been commonly caught in longline fisheries in New Zealand waters. Evidence from Gough Island, formerly thought to contain the largest population of this species, suggest that the species is likely to be subjected to considerable predation from introduced mice, which are a major predator on other winter-breeding seabirds. The population on the Kerguelen Islands may also be in decline due to fishery bycatch. Based on these data, a moderately rapid decline is suspected and, as such, the species is listed as Near Threatened. Further data are urgently required in order to more accurately assess its population numbers and trends.

Population size:

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 146,000,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Afrotropical
Realm - Neotropical
Realm - Oceanic
Realm - Antarctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Procellaria cinerea. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/12/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/12/2021.