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australian gannet

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Australian gannets (Morus serrator) inhabit Cape Gannet colonies and coastal waters. Their behaviour in Namibia is believed to be similar, if not the same to the Cape gannet.

Distribution Observed and recorded a number of times at Ichaboe Island.

Diet: Plunge-dives from 20m above the water for sardines and anchovies.

Description Serrator is Latin for 'jagged or serrated' referring to the bill. Creamy white body, orange-buff wash on crown and hind neck with characteristic short, gular stripe around the throat.

Breeding: Breeds at islands and isolated Australian and New Zealand sites but has been observed building nests with associated breeding displays with Cape Gannets.

Size: 90cm. Weight: 2.8kg. Wingspan: 2m

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