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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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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Northern Gannet at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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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]


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]

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

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