Bird of the Month - July 2006

The Cahow or Bermuda Petrel (Pterodroma cahow)

The Cahow is an endangered species of seabird and endemic to Bermuda. It breeds nowhere else in the world, although it is occasionally seen on pelagic birdwatching trips in the Gulf Stream off the Carolinas.

Formerly abundant, hundreds of thousands of birds were slaughtered or eaten by the first human settlers in the 16th and 17th centuries. Introduced hogs, cats, dogs and rats also preyed on nesting birds. By 1620 the Cahow was thought to be extinct.

 

 

 

 

The Cahow was re-discovered in 1951. In 1961, when a recovery programme started, only 18 pairs existed on isolated off-shore islands. In 2006 there were 75 pairs, thanks to conservation measures. It is Bermuda’s official national bird.

Characteristics

Threats

Conservation Measures

Cahow Translocation Project

Cahow Bird of the Month contributed by Andrew Dobson

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