The Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator) are found throughout and over inshore waters in the eastern, southern and south-western Australia, as well as New Zealand.

Both the male and female Australasian Gannet are similar in plumage. They are a large black and white seabird (the body is white, with dark tips on the major wing feathers and the inner tail feathers). The head is buff yellow-wash and the heavy pointed bill is a pale blue-grey with striking black borders to the bill sheaths.

Breeding in noisy colonies, they are usually found on islands or artificial structures, such as beacons, although there are a couple of mainland coloneis.

They forage in spectacular fashion, by plunge-diving into the ocean from great heights to capture the prey.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Suliformes
  • Family: Sulidae
  • Genus: Morus
  • Species:
  • Morus bassanus
  • Morus capensis
  • Morus serrator

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