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Mascarene Petrel breeding colony discovered

Date posted: 
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

An EU-funded LIFE+Petrels team discover an active Mascarene Petrel breeding colony.

A rare shot of a Mascarene Petrel, taken during a prospecting mission at sea. © LIFE+Petrels

On Reunion, a small, French-owned volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, situated between Madagascar and Mauritius an EU-funded research group have found for the first time a breeding colony of the Mascarene Petrel Pseudobulweria aterrima. This is yet another Critically Endangered seabird, and indeed one of the 15 rarest and most threatened bird species in the world, with an estimated global population of just 100-200.

Exciting to say the least. Read all about it here.

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