Northern Gannet (Sula bassana) - HBW 1, p. 323
French: Fou de Bassan
Spanish: Alcatraz Atlántico
Other common names: (North) Atlantic Gannet
Taxonomy: Pelecanus Bassanus Linnaeus, 1758, Bass Rock, E Scotland.
Considered by some to form superspecies with S. capensis and S. serrator; others regard these two as subspecies of S. bassana; all three sometimes partitioned off in genus Morus (see page 312). Monotypic.
Distribution: Breeds both sides of Atlantic, 48° - 66° N on eastern side, reaching 72° N in Norway; more restricted on western side, 46° - 50° N. Winters S down coasts, some reaching equator.
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VideosSee all 49 videos
Collecting vegetation from the cliff top for nesting material. Locality Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
Ron Jackson 13 July 2011 2 years ago 1 min 34 sec 4.9
Juveniles of different ages at their nests with the adults Locality Saltee Islands, County Wexford, Ireland (Monotypic species)
Peter van Dam 4 July 2002 6 years ago 45 sec 4.8
Some birds on the rocky shelf. Locality Noss National Nature Reserve, Shetland Islands, Scotland, Great Britain
Jeremiusz Trzaska 10 July 2012 2 years ago 31 sec 4.8
Huge colony on a cliff Locality Noss National Nature Reserve, Shetland Islands, Scotland, Great Britain
Pascal Vagner 19 July 2013 45 weeks ago 55 sec 4.7
A breeding group at the colony. Locality Noss National Nature Reserve, Shetland Islands, Scotland, Great Britain
Jeremiusz Trzaska 10 July 2012 2 years ago 25 sec 4.7
A preening session. Locality Cape St. Mary's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (Monotypic species)
Ken Simonite 16 August 2013 47 weeks ago 1 min 4.6
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Northern Gannets on Helgoland Germany.
Locality Helgoland, Germany
Frank Bos 28 April 2014 9 weeks ago 4.8
Juvenile in flight.
Locality Cap de Creus, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (Monotypic species)
Fran Trabalon 23 October 2011 1 year ago 4.6
Locality Île Bonaventure, Quebec, Canada
Guy Poisson 15 July 2008 3 years ago 4.6
adult bird at nesting place
Locality Helgoland, Germany (Monotypic species)
Pascal Eckhoff 25 June 2013 26 weeks ago 4.6
Birds on a rock as it is snowing
Locality Bass Rock, Firth of Forth, Scotland, Great Britain
Lutz Dürselen 6 August 2011 17 weeks ago 4.5
Gannet flying, gathering material for nest
Locality North Yorkshire, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain
jdrpc 29 April 2006 1 year ago 4.5