Australasian Gannet (species: Morus serrator) in Broadwater NP (Gaia Guide)
Morus serrator
Australasian Gannet

©J.J. Harrison: Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

©Geoffrey: Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

©Rosie Perera: Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Pelecaniformes
Family Sulidae
Genus Morus
Species Morus serrator
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Adults are mostly white, with black flight feathers at the wingtips and lining the trailing edge of the wing. The central tail feathers are also black. The head is yellow, with a pale blue-grey bill edged in black, and blue-rimmed eyes.

Young birds have mottled plumage in their first year, dark above and light below. The head is an intermediate mottled grey, with a dark bill. The birds gradually acquire more white in subsequent seasons until they reach maturity after five years. (Wikipedia)


  • From 90 cm to 95 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 200 cm


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Their breeding habitat is on islands off Victoria and Tasmania in Australia and New Zealand. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: common


These birds are plunge divers and spectacular fishers, plunging into the ocean at high speed (up to 100 km/h). They mainly eat squid and forage fish which school near the surface.

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