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Merlin Bird ID

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    Northern Gannet Identification

    Adult Description

    • Large waterbird.
    • White with black wingtips.
    • Long pointed bill.
    • Long pointed tail.
    • Long pointed wings.
    • Immatures range from all dark to mostly white.

    Immature Description

    Juvenile all dark, covered in white spots, and with white rump. Takes three or more years to get adult plumage; immature birds can be a mix of dark and light markings.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 31.9-43.3 in (81-110 cm)
      • Weight: 77.6-127.0 oz (2200-3600 g)
      • Wingspan: 68.9-70.5 in (175-179 cm)