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Northern Fulmar

Northern Gannet
Northern Flicker

About the Northern Fulmar

Also known as: Fulmar, Arctic Fulmar, Blue Fulmar

The Northern Fulmar is a species of sea bird found in subarctic parts of the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans. It is an abundant species that is also known simply as Fulmar, or by the name Arctic Fulmar.

Northern Fulmars are polymorphic; they come in different color morphs: dark, light, or intermediate (mostly found in the Pacific). They are strong fliers. These sea birds are also relatively long-lived, with individuals living 30 or more years in the wild.

Like other birds in the Procellariiformes order, Fulmars have nasal passages (naricorns) attached to the upper bill. The bills themselves are split into 7 to 9 horny plates.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 11 March 2010
Scientific Name Fulmarus glacialis
  • Procellariiformes
  • Procellariidae
  • Fulmarus
  • F. glacialis
Birdorable Family Albatrosses & Allies
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
17 to 20 inches
40 to 44 inches
19 to 37 ounces
Range North Europe East Asia North America Arctic

International Names

  • Buřňák Lední (Czech)
  • Mallemuk (Danish)
  • Noordse Stormvogel (Dutch)
  • Myrskylintu (Finnish)
  • Fulmar Boréal (French)
  • Eissturmvogel (German)
  • Fulmaro Artico (Italian)
  • ギンフルマカモメ (Furumakamome) (Japanese)
  • Havhest (Norwegian)
  • Fulmar (Polish)
  • Глупыш (Russian)
  • Fulmar Boreal (Spanish)
  • Stormfågel (Swedish)

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