Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Pelecaniformes > Family: Sulidae > Genus: Morus > Species: Morus bassanus

Gannet - Morus bassanus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 2 other international agreements
Natura 2000 species code A016

Distribution

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Vulnerable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Endangered
Extinct
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
DK00VA347 Denmark Sydlige Nordsø Map
ES0000024 Spain Doñana Map
ES0000081 Spain Cap Enderrocat - Cap Blanc Map
ES0000084 Spain Ses Salines d'Eivissa i Formentera Map
ES0000144 Spain Urdaibaiko itsasadarra / Ría de Urdaibai Map
ES0000197 Spain Acantilados del Monte Hacho Map
ES0000221 Spain Sa Dragonera Map
ES0000222 Spain La Trapa Map
ES0000336 Spain Isla de Alborán Map
ES1110005 Spain Costa da Morte Map
ES2130005 Spain Gaztelugatxeko Doniene / San Juan de Gaztelugatx Map
ES2130007 Spain Urdaibaiko itsasertzak eta padurak / Zonas litorales y marismas de Urdaibai Map
ES5310023 Spain Illots de Ponent d'Eivissa Map
ES5310024 Spain La Mola Map
ES5310025 Spain Cap de Barbaria Map
ES6310001 Spain Calamocarro-Benzú Map
FR2310045 France Littoral seino-marin Map
FR2510037 France Chausey Map
FR2510047 France Baie de Seine occidentale Map
FR2512001 France Littoral augeron Map
FR3110085 France Cap Gris-Nez Map
FR5310011 France Côte de Granit Rose-Sept Iles Map
FR5310056 France Baie d'Audierne Map
FR5310057 France Archipel de Glénan Map
FR5310072 France Ouessant-Molène Map
FR5310074 France Baie de Vilaine Map
FR5310095 France Cap d'Erquy-Cap Fréhel Map
FR9310019 France Camargue Map
FR9310020 France Iles d'Hyères Map
FR9312007 France Iles Marseillaises - Cassidaigne Map
IE0000707 Ireland Saltee Islands SAC Map
IE0002193 Ireland Ireland's Eye SAC Map
IE0002243 Ireland Clare Island Cliffs SAC Map
IE0004002 Ireland Saltee Islands SPA Map
IE0004007 Ireland Skelligs SPA Map
IE0004066 Ireland The Bull and The Cow Rocks SPA Map
IE0004117 Ireland Ireland's Eye SPA Map
ITA010002 Italy Isola di Marettimo Map
ITA010003 Italy Isola di Levanzo Map
ITA020010 Italy Isola di Ustica Map
ITA050001 Italy Biviere e Macconi di Gela Map
PTZPE0009 Portugal Ilhas Berlengas Map
PTZPE0050 Portugal Cabo Espichel Map
UK9001011 United Kingdom North Rona and Sula Sgeir Map
UK9001031 United Kingdom St Kilda Map
UK9002011 United Kingdom Hermaness, Saxa Vord and Valla Field Map
UK9002081 United Kingdom Noss Map
UK9002181 United Kingdom Sule Skerry and Sule Stack Map
UK9003091 United Kingdom Ailsa Craig Map
UK9004171 United Kingdom Forth Islands Map
UK9014041 United Kingdom Grassholm Map
DE1813491 Germany Seevogelschutzgebiet Helgoland Map
IT9210160 Italy Isola di S. Ianni e Costa Prospiciente Map
PTCON0010 Portugal Arrábida/Espichel Map
DE1209301 Germany Sylter Außenriff Map
ES6310002 Spain Zona marítimo-terrestre del Monte Hacho Map
ITA010027 Italy Arcipelago delle Egadi - area marina e terrestre Map
DE2104301 Germany Borkum-Riffgrund Map
ES6320001 Spain Zona marítimo terrestre de los acantilados de Aguadú Map
DE1011401 Germany SPA Östliche Deutsche Bucht Map
ES6110015 Spain Alboran Map
IT9320302 Italy Marchesato e Fiume Neto Map
ES5310005 Spain Badies de Pollença i Alcúdia Map
ITA050011 Italy Torre Manfria Map
IT9310044 Italy Foce del Fiume Crati Map
FR7212013 France Estuaire de la Bidassoa et baie de Fontarabie Map
IT9220090 Italy Costa Ionica Foce Bradano Map
PTCON0008 Portugal Sintra/Cascais Map
DE1003301 Germany Doggerbank Map
FR5212014 France Estuaire de la Loire - Baie de Bourgneuf Map
FR7212016 France Panache de la Gironde Map
FR9112034 France Cap Bear- cap Cerbère Map
FR7212019 France Tête de Canyon du Cap Ferret Map
FR5312009 France Roches de Penmarc'h Map
FR5212015 France Secteur marin de l'île d'Yeu jusqu'au continent Map
FR5212013 France Mor Braz Map
FR5412026 France Pertuis charentais - Rochebonne Map
ES90ATL01 Spain El Cachucho Map
UKGIB0002 United Kingdom Southern Waters of Gibraltar Map
IE0004136 Ireland Clare Island SPA Map
FR7212017 France Au droit de l'étang d'Hourtin-Carcans Map
FR3112006 France Bancs des Flandres Map
ES5310128 Spain Cap Enderrocat i cap Blanc Map
ES0000497 Spain Espacio marino de la Costa da Morte Map
ES0000531 Spain Espacio marino de La Bocayna Map
ES0000530 Spain Espacio marino de Mogán-La Aldea Map
ES0000492 Spain Espacio marino de los Islotes de Portios-Isla Conejera-Isla de Mouro Map
ES0000513 Spain Espacio marino del Baix Llobregat-Garraf Map
ES0000504 Spain Bahía de Málaga-Cerro Gordo Map
ES0000519 Spain Espacio marino del poniente de Mallorca Map
ES0000516 Spain Espacio marino del poniente y norte de Ibiza Map
ES0000512 Spain Espacio marino del Delta de l'Ebre-Illes Columbretes Map
ES0000495 Spain Espacio marino de Punta de Candelaria-Ría de Ortigueira-Estaca de Bares Map
ES0000494 Spain Espacio marino de Cabo Peñas Map
ES0000521 Spain Espacio marino del norte y oeste de Menorca Map
ES0000498 Spain ZEPA Banco de Galicia Map
ES0000532 Spain Espacio marino de los Islotes de Lanzarote Map
ES0000507 Spain Espacio marino de los Islotes Litorales de Murcia y Almería Map
ES0000490 Spain Espacio marino de la Ría de Mundaka-Cabo de Ogoño Map
ES0000499 Spain Espacio marino de las Rías Baixas de Galicia Map
ES0000518 Spain Espacio marino del sur de Mallorca y Cabrera Map
ES0000522 Spain Espacio marino del sureste de Menorca Map
ES0000515 Spain Espacio marino de Formentera y del sur de Ibiza Map
ES0000523 Spain Espacio marino de la zona occidental de El Hierro Map
ES0000501 Spain Espacio marino del Tinto y del Odiel Map
ES0000508 Spain Espacio marino de Tabarca-Cabo de Palos Map
ES0000506 Spain Bahía de Almería Map
ES0000535 Spain ZEPA Banco de la Concepción Map
ES0000517 Spain Espacio marino del levante de Ibiza Map
ES0000525 Spain Espacio marino del norte de La Palma Map
ES0000510 Spain Plataforma-talud marinos del Cabo de la Nao Map
ES0000496 Spain Espacio marino de la Costa de Ferrolterra-Valdoviño Map
ES0000500 Spain Golfo de Cádiz Map
ES0000529 Spain Espacio marino de Anaga Map
ES0000502 Spain Espacio marino de la Bahía de Cádiz Map
ES0000514 Spain Espacio marino de l'Empordà Map
ES0000520 Spain Espacio marino del norte de Mallorca Map
ES0000526 Spain Espacio marino de La Gomera-Teno Map

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Alcatraz Atlántico Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Baßtölpel German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Fou de Bassan French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Gannet English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Ganso-patola-comum Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Havssula Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Jan van Gent Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Sula Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Suula Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Szula Hungarian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Terej bílý Czech Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Synonym Author
Sula bassana (Linnaeus, 1758)

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

Population distribution from "Birds in Europe" editions 1 and 2

These publications present a thorough and detailed review of the conservation status of European birds. Based on detailed breeding and wintering population data collected in each country, the report provides a review of the population sizes and trends of Species of European Conservation Concern.

15 items found, displaying all items.1
Country Biogeographic region Min / Max (Units) Period Status Quality Source Published
Denmark 1000/5000 (individuals) 1992-1993 Wintering Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
France 1000/5000 (individuals) 1998-2002 Wintering Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
France 15567/15567 (pairs) 2001 Breeding Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Germany 70/70 (pairs) 1995-1999 Breeding Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Greece 10/20 (individuals) 1995-2000 Wintering Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Iceland 100/1000 (individuals) 1978-1994 Wintering Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Iceland 23000/25000 (pairs) 1984-1994 Breeding Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Ireland 32758/32758 (pairs) 1999-2002 Breeding Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Malta 1/5 (individuals) 1995-2002 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Norway 4200/4200 (pairs) 2002 Breeding Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Portugal Present/Present (individuals) 2002 Wintering Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Russian Federation 50/60 (pairs) 1990-2000 Breeding Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Turkey 5/20 (individuals) 1991-2001 Wintering Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
United Kingdom 226600/226600 (pairs) 1998-2000 Breeding Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
United Kingdom - Gibraltar 50/150 (individuals) 2000-2003 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Source: BirdLife International

Population trends from "Birds in Europe" editions 1 and 2

These publications present a thorough and detailed review of the conservation status of European birds. Based on detailed breeding and wintering population data collected in each country, the report provides a review of the population sizes and trends of Species of European Conservation Concern.

15 items found, displaying all items.1
Country Biogeographic region Period Status Trend Quality Source Published
Denmark 1990-2000 Wintering Unknown Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
France 1990-2000 Breeding Increasing : 80 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
France 1990-2000 Wintering Unknown Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Germany 1990-2000 Breeding Increasing between 50% to 79% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Greece 1990-2000 Wintering Fluctuating : 80 % Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Iceland 1990-2000 Breeding Increasing between 0% to 19% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Iceland 1990-2000 Wintering Unknown Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Ireland 1990-2000 Breeding Increasing : 19 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Malta 1990-2000 Wintering Stable between 0% to 19% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Norway 1990-2000 Breeding Increasing : 20 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Portugal 1990-2000 Wintering Unknown Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Russian Federation 1990-2000 Breeding Increasing but of unknown magnitude Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Turkey 1990-2000 Wintering Unknown Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
United Kingdom 1990-2000 Breeding Increasing : 40 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
United Kingdom - Gibraltar 1990-2000 Wintering Stable between 0% to 19% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Source: BirdLife International
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