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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Birds of Point Pelee National Park

Image of: Gannet, Northern
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Gannet, Northern (Provincial Rarety)
-Sula bassanus (Linnaeus)

Bill somewhat longer than head, tapering, sharp-pointed (upper mandible slightly decurved near tip, but not hooked).

Adults: Mainly white, the head and neck with a yellowish suffusion. Wing tips and bare skin about eye, black. Bill greyish. Iris pale grey.

Immature in first year: Head, neck and upper parts dark greyish-brown or slate with white triangular spots, particularly numerous on head and neck. Belly white with grey feather margins. Various stages of immaturity occur between the first year birds, just described, and the adults, one stage presenting a rather striking piebald appearance.