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Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Procellariiformes > Family: Procellariidae > Genus: Puffinus > Species: Puffinus yelkouan

Levantine Shearwater - Puffinus yelkouan (Acerbi, 1827)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 3 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 110 are designated for this species
Breeding habitats
  • sparsely vegetated land
Wintering habitats
  • open ocean
  • shelf
Natura 2000 species code A464


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
FR9310019 France Camargue Map
FR9310020 France Iles d'Hyères Map
FR9312007 France Iles Marseillaises - Cassidaigne Map
FR9410021 France Iles Lavezzi, Bouches de Bonifacio Map
FR9410022 France Iles Cerbicale Map
FR9410023 France Golfe de Porto et presqu'île de Scandola Map
FR9410096 France Iles Sanguinaires, golfe d'Ajaccio Map
FR9410097 France Iles Finocchiarola et Côte Nord Map
IT3320037 Italy Laguna di Marano e Grado Map
IT3330005 Italy Foce dell'Isonzo - Isola della Cona Map
IT3330006 Italy Valle Cavanata e Banco Mula di Muggia Map
IT5160002 Italy Isola di Gorgona - area terrestre e marina Map
IT5160007 Italy Isola di Capraia - area terrestre e marina Map
IT5160013 Italy Isola di Pianosa - area terrestre e marina Map
IT5160014 Italy Isola di Montecristo e Formica di Montecristo - area terrestre e marina Map
IT51A0013 Italy Padule della Trappola, Bocca d'Ombrone Map
IT51A0024 Italy Isola di Giannutri - area terrestre e marina Map
IT51A0025 Italy Monte Argentario, Isolotto di Porto Ercole e Argentarola Map
IT51A0035 Italy Isolotti grossetani dell'Arcipelago Toscano Map
IT6040019 Italy Isole di Ponza, Palmarola, Zannone, Ventotene e S. Stefano Map
ITA010002 Italy Isola di Marettimo Map
ITA010003 Italy Isola di Levanzo Map
ITA010020 Italy Isola di Pantelleria - Area Costiera, Falesie e Bagno dell'Acqua Map
ITA020010 Italy Isola di Ustica Map
ITA030029 Italy Isola di Salina (Stagno di Lingua) Map
ITA040001 Italy Isola di Linosa Map
ITA040002 Italy Isola di Lampedusa e Lampione Map
MT0000009 Malta L-Inħawi tar-Ramla tat-Torri u tal-Irdum tal-Madonna Map
MT0000016 Malta Filfla u l-Gżejjer ta' Madwarha Map
MT0000017 Malta Kemmuna u l-Gżejjer ta' Madwarha Map
ITB043032 Italy Isola di Sant'Antioco, Capo Sperone Map
IT6040020 Italy Isole di Palmarola e Zannone Map
ITB010042 Italy Capo Caccia (con le isole Foradada e Piana) e Punta del Giglio Map
ITA030027 Italy Isola di Vulcano Map
BG0000270 Bulgaria Atanasovsko ezero Map
MT0000028 Malta Rdumijiet ta' Għawdex: Id-Dawra tas-Sanap sa Tal-Ħajt Map
IT9320095 Italy Foce Neto Map
ITA040013 Italy Arcipelago delle Pelagie - area marina e terrestre Map
IT3341002 Italy Aree Carsiche della Venezia Giulia Map
ES6140014 Spain Acantilados y Fondos Marinos de Calahonda-Castell de Ferro Map
MT0000030 Malta Rdumijiet ta' Għawdex: Il-Ponta ta' San Dimitri sal-Ponta ta' Ħarrux Map
MT0000024 Malta Rdumijiet ta' Malta: Ir-Ramla taċ-Ċirkewwa sal-Ponta ta' Bengħisa Map
BG0002041 Bulgaria Kompleks Ropotamo Map
ITB010001 Italy Isola Asinara Map
ITB013044 Italy Capo Caccia Map
ITB010007 Italy Capo Testa Map
IT9110040 Italy Isole Tremiti Map
ITB030080 Italy Isola di Mal di Ventre e Catalano Map
IT9110011 Italy Isole Tremiti Map
MT0000031 Malta Rdumijiet ta' Malta: Ix-Xaqqa sa Wied Moqbol Map
ES6110020 Spain Islote de San Andrés Map
ITA070029 Italy Biviere di Lentini, tratto mediano e foce del Fiume Simeto e area antistante la foce Map
ITB020014 Italy Golfo di Orosei Map
ES6140013 Spain Acantilados y Fondos Marinos Tesorillo-Salobreña Map
IT9320302 Italy Marchesato e Fiume Neto Map
BG0002040 Bulgaria Strandzha Map
MT0000020 Malta L-Inħawi tax-Xlendi u tal-Wied tal-Kantra Map
IT9310044 Italy Foce del Fiume Crati Map
ES6140016 Spain Acantilados y Fondos Marinos de La Punta de La Mona Map
ITB010082 Italy Isola dell'Asinara Map
ES6150028 Spain Estuario del Río Piedras Map
MT0000032 Malta Rdumijiet ta' Malta: Ras il-Pellegrin sax-Xaqqa Map
IT3340006 Italy Carso Triestino e Goriziano Map
MT0000019 Malta L-Inħawi tad-Dwejra u tal-Qawra, inkluż Ħaġret il-Ġeneral Map
ITB010010 Italy Isole Tavolara, Molara e Molarotto Map
IT5160006 Italy Isola di Capraia - area terrestre e marina Map
ITA030044 Italy Arcipelago delle Eolie - area marina e terrestre Map
MT0000027 Malta Rdumijiet ta' Għawdex: Ta' Ċenċ Map
ITB042230 Italy Porto Campana Map
ITB010002 Italy Stagno di Pilo e di Casaraccio Map
ITB010008 Italy Arcipelago La Maddalena Map
ITB010043 Italy Coste e Isolette a Nord Ovest della Sardegna Map
MT0000029 Malta Rdumijiet ta' Għawdex: Il-Ponta ta' Ħarrux sal-Bajja tax-Xlendi Map
ITB013012 Italy Stagno di Pilo, Casaraccio e Saline di Stintino Map
ROSPA0076 Romania Marea Neagră Map
ROSPA0031 Romania Delta Dunării și Complexul Razim - Sinoie Map
BG0002051 Bulgaria Kaliakra Map
BG0002097 Bulgaria Belite skali Map
BG0002050 Bulgaria Durankulashko ezero Map
BG0002043 Bulgaria Emine Map
BG0000156 Bulgaria Shablenski ezeren kompleks Map
BG0002077 Bulgaria Bakarlaka Map
BG0002045 Bulgaria Kompleks Kamchia Map
BG0002060 Bulgaria Galata Map
FR9412010 France Capu Rossu , Scandola, revellata, Calvi Map
FR9412009 France Plateau du Cap Corse Map
FR9112035 France Côte languedocienne Map
FR9112034 France Cap Bear- cap Cerbère Map
ES0000454 Spain Montgó-Cap de Sant Antoni Map
MT0000033 Malta Rdumijiet ta' Malta: Wied Moqbol sal-Ponta ta' Bengħisa Map
ITB013019 Italy Isole del Nord - Est tra Capo Ceraso e Stagno di San Teodoro Map
IT3340007 Italy Area marina di Miramare Map
IT51A0039 Italy Padule della Trappola, Bocca d'Ombrone Map
HR1000039 Croatia Pučinski otoci Map
HR1000038 Croatia Lastovsko otočje Map
IT3330009 Italy Trezze San Pietro e Bardelli Map
IT9120012 Italy Scoglio dell'Eremita Map
MT0000111 Malta Żona fil-Baħar fil-Lbiċ Map
MT0000110 Malta Żona fil-Baħar fin-Nofsinhar Map
MT0000112 Malta Żona fil-Baħar madwar Għawdex Map
MT0000107 Malta Żona fil-Baħar fil-Grigal Map
FR9412011 France Oiseaux marins de l'Agriate Map
CY4000024 Cyprus OCEANID Map
FR9112038 France Oiseaux marins sud golfe du Lion Map
MT0000037 Malta Wied il-Mielaħ u l-Inħawi tal-Madwar Map
IT5160021 Italy Tutela del Tursiops truncatus Map
ITB013050 Italy Da Tavolara a Capo Comino Map
ITB013052 Italy Da Capo Testa all'Isola Rossa Map
ITB044010 Italy Capo Spartivento Map

Protected sites

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Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 30 November 2009, on the conservation of wild birds (EU Birds Directive) (Puffinus puffinus yelkouan)
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) (Puffinus puffinus yelkouan)
(Puffinus puffinus yelkouan)

Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention lists the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures [and the designation of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCIs) forming for the Emerald network]
Barcelona Convention Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (SPA/BD Protocol)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Berta minore mediterranea Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Bukdosó vészmadár Hungarian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Levantine Shearwater English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Levantinliitäjä Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Medelhavslira Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Pardela do Mediterrâneo Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Pardela Mediterránea Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Puffin de Méditerranée French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Yelkouan-Sturmtaucher German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Yelkouanpijlstormvogel Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Synonym Author
Puffinus puffinus yelkouan (Acerbi, 1827)

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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