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 45 videos
An adult bird diving to fish, with a slow motion view at the end Locality Fishguard Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
Nathan Kipling 19 August 2007 5 years ago 12 sec 4.3
Some birds on the ledge. Locality Noss National Nature Reserve, Shetland Islands, Scotland, Great Britain
Jeremiusz Trzaska 10 July 2012 43 weeks ago 26 sec 4.3
A breeding group at the colony. Locality Noss National Nature Reserve, Shetland Islands, Scotland, Great Britain
Jeremiusz Trzaska 10 July 2012 43 weeks ago 15 sec 4.2
A pair with a chick, performing a sky-pointing display. Locality Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 30 May 2009 2 years ago 53 sec 4
An subadult bird flying over a breeding colony Locality Île Bonaventure, Quebec, Canada (Monotypic species)
Robert Schaefer 14 June 2006 5 years ago 11 sec 3.8
A third year bird flying Locality Heligoland, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (Monotypic species)
Thorsten Stegmann 22 July 2004 8 years ago 18 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 114 photos
A chick and one of its parents in the nest.
Locality Île Bonaventure, Quebec, Canada (Monotypic species)
Christophe Gouraud 9 September 2004 3 years ago 4.3
Eye height at the top of the Bempton cliffs.
Locality Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain
Richard Smart 24 May 2011 1 year ago 4.2
Bird soaring in the updraughts from the cliffs.
Locality Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
David Lingard 24 May 2011 1 year ago 4.2
Locality Ouessant (Ushant) island, Finistère, Bretagne, France
Marc FASOL 16 October 2012 24 weeks ago 4.2
Juvenile in flight.
Locality Cap de Creus, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (Monotypic species)
Fran Trabalon 1 October 2011 37 weeks ago 4.2
Looking for landing
Locality Île Bonaventure, Quebec, Canada
Guy Poisson 15 July 2008 2 years ago 4.2