Northern Fulmar

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 11 March 2010
Scientific Name
Fulmarus glacialis
  • Procellariiformes
  • Procellariidae
  • Fulmarus
  • F. glacialis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
17 to 20 inches
40 to 44 inches
19 to 37 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Buřňák Lední
Danish (Dansk) Mallemuk
Dutch (Nederlands) Noordse Stormvogel
Finnish (Suomi) Myrskylintu
French (Français) Fulmar Boréal
German (Deutsch) Eissturmvogel
Italian (Italiano) Fulmaro Artico
Japanese (日本語) ギンフルマカモメ (Furumakamome)
Norwegian (Norsk) Havhest
Polish (Polski) Fulmar
Russian (русский язык) Глупыш
Spanish (Español) Fulmar Boreal
Swedish (Svenska) Stormfågel
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