Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae)

Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) - HBW 1, p. 235

French: Fulmar boréal German: Eissturmvogel Spanish: Fulmar Boreal
Other common names: Arctic Fulmar

Taxonomy: Procellaria glacialis Linnaeus, 1761, within the Arctic Circle = Spitsbergen.
Forms superspecies with F. glacialoides. Birds from N Greenland sometimes considered to form separate race (minor); validity of race auduboni has often been questioned. Three subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • glacialis (Linnaeus, 1761) - high Arctic of N Atlantic.
  • auduboni Bonaparte, 1857 - low Arctic and boreal zones of N Atlantic.
  • rodgersii Cassin, 1862 - N Pacific.