Northern Fulmar Life History


Habitat OceansBreeds on steep sea cliffs. Winters at sea from ice-covered northern waters to temperate zones.Back to top


Food FishFish, squid, zooplankton, offal from fishing and whaling vessels, and other animal matter found at sea.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Cliff

Nest Description

Scrape on bare rock or pebbles.

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:1 egg
Egg Description:White.
Condition at Hatching:Downy and helpless, eyes open.
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Behavior Dabbler

Takes food while swimming or plunging at surface of water.Back to top


Conservation Low ConcernThere is no immediate threat to Northern Fulmars, but high local density of breeding populations may make the species vulnerable to catastrophic changes in food supply or other environmental conditions. The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan estimates a continental population of 2.1 million breeders, rates them a 10 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score, and lists them as a Species of Moderate Concern. They are not listed on the 2014 State of the Birds Report.Back to top


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Mallory, Mark L., Scott A. Hatch and David N. Nettleship. (2012). Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

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