Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) Bird Information
Northern Gannet is a large black and white seabird that nests at a few colonies, mainly on remote islets. At sea, Northern Gannet appears white and cigar-shaped with pointed head and tail. Wings long, straight and pointed with large black tips. Flies low over the water on stiff, shearwater-like wings, before rising in series of flaps and starting another glide. Makes dramatic dives for fish, often from a great height. The adult has a yellow wash over head. Immatures share the same basic shape, but are dark brown; gradually become whiter over a period of four years.
Status: seen passing offshore, especially in north and west where main breeding colonies located; can be seen off all coasts during the passage.
Similar Species: ally(lark juveniles separated Great Cofiliorant by different flight and behavior.
Northern Gannet Bird Facts
|Size||86 – 96 cm (34 – 37 in)|
|Behavior||swims, dives from the air, takes off and lands on water and ground|
|Flocking||colonial; 1-several thousand|
|Flight||strong and powerful; glides, dives; direct|
|Voice||variety grunts and cackles at breeding colonies|
|Upperparts||white; black wingtips|
|Tail||white, medium length and pointed|
|Bill||grey; straight and thickish|
|Juvenile||speckled dark brown, white rump|
|Second Year||dark brown, head and forewing becoming whiter|
Bird Breeding and Nesting
|Nest||mount of seaweed|
|Incubation||43 – 45 days|
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