Morus bassanus

Family: Boobies and Gannets
Present: January - October
Diet: fish
Breeding: 220.000 nests


Seen around the Scottish shores, they are great to watch, especially in large numbers as they all dive at the same time.

Adults are large and bright white with black wingtips. They are distinctively shaped with a long neck and long pointed beak, long pointed tail, and long pointed wings. At sea they flap and then glide low over the water, often travelling in small groups. They feed by flying high and circling before plunging into the sea. It breeds in significant numbers at only a few localities and so is an Amber List species.

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