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Scientific name: Morus capensis
Common name: Cape gannet
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Chordata Vertebrata Aves Neornithes Pelecaniformes Ciconii Sulidae Larinae Morus Morus capensis


Short Description:

 They are easily identified by their large size, black and white plumage and distinctive yellow crown and hindneck. The pale blue bill is pointed with fine serrations near the tip; perhaps because of the depth and speed of the gannet's dive when fishing.When seen in flight the snow-white body with the black tail, primaries and secondaries, and dark bill makes then easy to identify. At closer range the distinctive golden crown and nape, which gradually become white on the neck, are noticeable. On the other hand, the dark brown juveniles look completely black when seen in flight

Size: Adults are about 84–94 cm long and have a 171–185 cm wingspan and weigh  2600 g . 
Behaviour: Gannets hit the water at speeds of between 40 and 120 kilometers per hour, its beak has no external nostrils into which the water might be forced. 
Distribution: Troughout Southern Afirca 
Diet: Cape Gannets are powerful fliers, using mainly a flap-gliding technique, which is more energy consuming than the dynamic-soaring favoured by albatrosses. As all Sulids, they are fish-eating birds that plunge-dive from considerable height. 
Habitat: The breeding range of Cape Gannet is restricted to southern Africa in three islands off Namibia and three islands off South Africa.
  • Two Oceans
    (A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa
    GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
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Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Lloyd Edwards-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-02-18 Port Elizabeth Coega (PE)-St Croix Island 18 900mm 0m Nikon D200 photo
Lloyd Edwards-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-05-08 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Bird Island 18 900mm 0m Nikon D200 photo
Lloyd Edwards-(Port Elizabeth) 2008-11-13 Port Elizabeth Coega (PE)-St Croix Island 18 700mm 0m Nikon D200 photo
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