Saturday, 15 August 2009

Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)

OTHER NAMES: Fulmar, Mallemuck
Latin Etymology: Fulmarus (from Old Norse species name) glacialis ("icy")

Adult Northern Fulmar (subspecies F. g. glacialis) - at Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumbria - July 2009

Featured Subspecies: Fulmarus glacialis glacialis
Weight: 400-1000g
Length: 46cm
Wingspan: 102-112cm
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Out of all the the petrel and shearwater family in the UK, seeing a fulmar is exponentially easier than seeing any other one of that group. It is a purely coastal bird, and despite superficial resemblance to a gull, isn't closely related to them. Personally, my favourite way to view this bird is to stand at the top of a cliff near where they are nesting and get close aerial views as they use the wind along the cliff to swoop or hover. Found among much of the UK coast, they should be a relatively easy target to see.

Related Species:

Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Genus: Fulmarus
Subspecies: F. g. glacialis, F. g. auduboni, F. g. rodgersii

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - An localised resident breeding species (500,000 pairs) and abundant Wintering resident (1,600,000 birds)
 - Seen at Trevose Head and Dunstanburgh Castle.

Further Notes: ArkiveBirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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