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Northern Gannet

(Morus bassanus)
Alternate name(s): "North Atlantic Gannet"
German name(s): "Basstölpel"

Size: 85-97 cm; wing span: 1.7-1.9 m
Weight: 2.3-3.6 kg

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Northern Gannet at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Sex unknown

Lateral view from above onto the upperparts of a Northern Gannet in breeding plumage in flight; note the yellow-buff helmet (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, February 2019]

Lateral/ventral view of a Northern Gannet in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, February 2019]

Lateral view of three Northern Gannets in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Port of Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, May 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a mob of Northern Gannets in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Port of Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, May 2019]

NON-BREEDING

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Northern Gannet in non-breeding plumage in flight; note the pale-yellow helmet (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2018]

Group of 4 Northern Gannets; the full image also shows a distant lateral view of two Great Skuas in flight
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Port of Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, March 2019]

Distant comparison of a Northern Gannet in flight with Great Skuas (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Port of Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, March 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-lateral view of a third-year immature Northern Gannet; note the remaining black feathers on the inner upperwing
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2018]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a second calendar year Northern Gannet in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Off Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2019]

Lateral view of a juvenile Northern Gannet in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2018]

Dorsal view of a juvenile Northern Gannet in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Off Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2019]

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