Seabird information

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Australasian gannet

Takapu | Morus serrator

Has a dusty yellow head and white body

Often seen diving from great heights into the water

Feeds on fish and squid

Breeds in large colonies on islands and mainland New Zealand (including Muriwai, Cape Kidnappers and Farewell Spit) from October to March

Migrates to Australia when fledged and returns 2-6 years later

NZ Conservation Status Not Threatened

Gannets fly along the coast looking for squid and fish. Once they spot prey, they start to dive, reaching speeds of 145 km/hr and travelling up to 15 m below the surface. Prey is brought back to the surface to eat.

These plunge divers fold their wings back just before hitting the water and have inflatable air sacs around the lower part of their neck to absorb the impact. Their average lifespan is 25-40 years.

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Australasian gannet

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Takapu | Morus serrator

Has a dusty yellow head and white body

Often seen diving from great heights into the water

Feeds on fish and squid

Breeds in large colonies on islands and mainland New Zealand (including Muriwai, Cape Kidnappers and Farewell Spit) from October to March

Migrates to Australia when fledged and returns 2-6 years later

NZ Conservation Status Not Threatened

Gannets fly along the coast looking for squid and fish. Once they spot prey, they start to dive, reaching speeds of 145 km/hr and travelling up to 15 m below the surface. Prey is brought back to the surface to eat.

These plunge divers fold their wings back just before hitting the water and have inflatable air sacs around the lower part of their neck to absorb the impact. Their average lifespan is 25-40 years.