Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) Bird Information
Fulmar is a stocky, heavily-built seabird; glides and skims water with typical stiff-winged shearwater flight. Flaps wings more frequently than shearwaters. Head, neck and body white; wings, back and tail grey.
Fulmar bird has Lacks any distinctive black and white pattern on wingtips. Short yellow bill; tube-nose visible at close quarters. Thick ‘bull-neck’ quite unlike any similar species; particularly noticeable in flight. Often gathers in large numbers round trawlers; decidedly gregarious at cliff breeding colonies.
Status: breeds along almost all coasts where suitable cliffs occur. In winter, widespread throughout Atlantic and the North Sea.
Similar Species: easily confused with gulls, especially when perched on cliffs. Only grey, stiff-winged species at sea.
|Size||40 – 44 cm (20 – 17 in)|
|Habitat||sea and sea -cliffs|
|Behaviour||swims, perches on rocks, takes off and lands on water or cliffs|
|Flocking||colonial; sometimes huge flocks|
|Flight||strong and powerful; gliding|
|Voice||harsh crackle at breeding colonies|
Fulmar Bird Identification
|Tail||grey; short and square|
|Bill||yellow; short, tube-nosed|
Fulmar Bird Breeding
|Incubation||55 – 57 days|
|Fledging||46 – 51 days|
|Broods||1; May – September|