Explore Bermuda's Species

The Bermuda Petrel (Pterodroma cahow)


Commonly referred to as the Cahow, this is Bermuda's National Bird. It is a pelagic seabird, which means it spends most of its life out on the open ocean. They feed on small squid, fish and shrimp. 

The Cahow was believed to be extinct for nearly 300 years until several were found in 1951. Since that time, dedicated conservationists have worked to bring this species back from the brink of extinction (See the Cahow Recovery Programme).

More information about the Cahow and most recent results of the Cahow Recovery Program can be found in the Cahow Recovery Program Breeding Season Report for 2013 - 2014.



 Cahow chick 'Somers' was born on Nonsuch Island in 2009

Exercising Cahow fledgling in front of nest entrance 








Learn More:


Related Research:


Cahow Recovery Plan 2005

The Recovery Plan for the Bermuda Petrel (Cahow) written in 2005 is now available online here.

The folder includes:


Cahow Recovery Program Annual Reports

The latest report on the Cahow recovery can be found here: Cahow Breeding Season Report 2013 - 2014.


Printable Information Sheet about the Cahow Recovery Project