Gannets and Boobies (Sulidae)

Australasian Gannet (Sula serrator) - HBW 1, p. 323

French: Fou austral German: Australtölpel Spanish: Alcatraz Australiano

Taxonomy: Pelecanus serrator G. R. Gray, 1843, from Sula australis Gould 1841 (preoccupied), Tasmania .
Sometimes considered subspecies of S. bassana; alternatively considered to form superspecies with S. bassana and S. serrator; all three sometimes partitioned off in genus Morus (see page 312). Hybridization recorded with S. capensis. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds coasts of SE Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand; also small colony at Norfolk I. Winters on adjacent waters and up W and E coasts of Australia as far as Tropic of Capricorn.