Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan

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Red List Category

Criteria: A4bcde

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Justification of Red List category

This species is precautionarily maintained as Vulnerable. It is thought to be undergoing a rapid population decline, caused by extremely low breeding success and adult survival owing to fisheries bycatch and predation by introduced mammals. However recent evidence suggests the population may actually be increasing at some colonies. If further study and monitoring fail to provide evidence of declines, the species may warrant downlisting in the future.

Population size: mature individuals

Population trend: Decreasing

Distribution size (breeding/resident): 2,960,000 km2

Country endemic: No

IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Puffinus yelkouan. Downloaded from on 05/12/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 05/12/2016.