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Northern Gannet

Northern Goshawk
Northern Fulmar

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Northern Fulmar

  • Fulmarus glacialis
  • Albatrosses & Allies

About the Northern Gannet

Also known as: Solan, Solan Goose, Solant Bird, Atlantic Gannet, Gannet, North Atlantic Gannet

The Northern Gannet is a large seabird that is found around the north Atlantic Ocean. They are the largest of the three living species of gannet.

Northern Gannets feed by diving head-first into the water in order to capture prey. With high rates of speed they plunge into the water up to 15 or more feet below the surface. Once submerged they may swim further in pursuit of prey, which is usually fish. They always consume their food before surfacing.

The population trend for the Northern Gannet is increasing and their conservation status is Least Concern as of July 2013.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 25 July 2013
Scientific Name Morus bassanus
  • Suliformes
  • Sulidae
  • Morus
  • M. bassanus
Birdorable Family Waterbirds
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
31.9 to 43.3 inches
68.9 to 70.5 inches
77.6 to 127 ounces

International Names

  • 北鲣鸟 (Chinese)
  • terej bílý (Czech)
  • Sule (Danish)
  • Jan-van-gent (Dutch)
  • suula (Finnish)
  • Fou de Bassan (French)
  • Basstölpel (German)
  • Sula bassana (Italian)
  • シロカツオドリ [shirokatsuodori] (Japanese)
  • Havsule (Norwegian)
  • głuptak (Polish)
  • Северная олуша (Russian)
  • Alcatraz Atlántico (Spanish)
  • Havssula (Swedish)

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