Mangaluru: Rare Bird ‘Jouanin’s Petrel’ sighted at Mangaluru Old Port

Mangaluru: Coastal Karnataka bird watchers network and College of Fisheries-Mangaluru conducted the pelagic bird survey resulted in sighting/recording Jouanin’s Petrel – a rare bird to be seen for the first time in the region and also in Karnataka State. Sixteen bird watchers from different States participated in the 10 hours of bird survey which was held on 17th Oct 2015, at Mangalore old port.

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The pelagic (deep sea water) bird sighted during the survey are:

Masked Booby,
Flesh footed shearwater,
Wilson’s storm-petrel
Swinhoe’s storm-petrel,
Arctic Skua,
Unid’ed Skua,
Birdled tern,
Jouanin’s Petrel ( Bulweria fallax )

Compared to last year survey, it was found that the density of the birds has come down which directly points at the non-abundance of fish. Decline in fish population has direct effect on the density of the birds in sea waters.  Organisers would like to thank Hanumanthappa , (professor at College of Fisheries) for helping in making this survey successful and also to all the birdwatchers from different states.

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