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Great Frigatebird Fregata minor
2013-01-01 16:09:21

The Great Frigate bird (fregata minor) is a big dispersive seabird in the frigatebird family. Their major nesting populations are found in the Pacific, including the Galapagos Islands and the Indian Oceans, plus a population in the South Atlantic. This bird is a lightly built large seabird up to 105 cm in length with feathers that are mostly black. This species shows sexual dimorphism; the...

Great Shearwater puffinus gravis
2013-01-01 14:28:01

The Great Shearwater (puffinus gravis) is a large shearwater in a seabird family called Procellariidae. There is unclear evidence of its relationships. The Great Shearwater belongs to a group consisting of large species that can be distinguished as genus Ardenna; within these, it might be associated with the other blunt-tailed black-billed species Short-tailed Shearwater and particularly the...

Great Northern Loon Gavia immer
2012-12-17 13:02:12

A large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds, this species is well-known as the Common Loon in North America and the Great Northern Diver in Eurasia; its current name is a compromise proposed by the International Ornithological Committee. There are 5 loon species that make up the genus Gavia, the only genus of the family Gavidae and order Gaviiformes. The Great Northern Loon is only...

Brandts Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus
2012-03-22 22:57:32

Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus), is a species of marine bird of the cormorant family of seabirds. It inhabits the Pacific coast of North America. Its summer range extends from Alaska to the Gulf of California. The populations north of Vancouver Island migrate south during the winter. The bird’s specific name, penicillatus, is Latin for ‘pencil of hairs,’ in reference to...

South Polar Skua
2008-12-26 07:51:57

The South Polar Skua (Stercorarius maccormicki), is a species of seabird that is found on the Antarctic coasts. It is migratory and winters at sea in the Pacific Indian and Atlantic Oceans. In the eastern North Atlantic Ocean it is replaced by the Great Skua. It was formerly known as the MacCormick's Skua as its binomial was named after the naval surgeon Robert McCormick, who collected the type...

Peruvian Booby
2008-11-29 19:45:05

The Peruvian Booby (Sula variegata), is a seabird endemic to the Peruvian current. It is distributed only along the coast of South America from Punta Pariñas in Peru to Concepción in Chile. It is one of the most abundant species of seabird that inhabits the Peruvian Coast. By the mid twentieth century this species had an estimated population of 3 million individuals. Peruvian Boobies...

Blue-footed Booby
2008-11-29 19:42:06

The Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii), is a seabird found along tropical and subtropical islands off the Pacific Ocean. Its most famous colony is on the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. They also occur along the coast of California, USA. These specimens are strictly marine birds. Their only need for land is to breed, which is done along rocky coasts. This bird is quite abundant in concentrated...

Northern Gannet
2008-11-29 19:35:41

The Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus, formerly Sula bassana), is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae. They range through the North Atlantic. They are commonly found in large colonies, on cliffs overlooking the ocean or on small rocky islands. There is a one colony of this bird on Bonaventure island, Quebec with a total population of over 60,000 birds. More than half of the entire...

Masked Booby
2008-11-25 21:30:15

The masked Booby (Sula dactylatra), is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae. This is a bird of tropical waters and breeds on islands in all tropical oceans except the eastern Atlantic. This is a fairly sedentary bird that winters at sea and is rarely seen far from its breeding grounds. Some Caribbean birds wander north to warm southern Gulf Stream waters off the eastern seaboard of the...

Manx Shearwater
2007-10-24 13:53:09

The Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus), is a medium-sized seabird in the family of seabirds Procellariidae. Despite the scientific name, this species is completely unrelated to the puffins, which are auks, the only resemblance being that they are both burrow-nesting seabirds. The species originated from the Calf of Man, a small island just south of the Isle of Man. Its numbers declined there...

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