Morus capensis - formerly Sula capensis
84 - 94 cm
Cape Gannets breed on islands off the coast of Namibia and South Africa with the largest colony found on Malgas Island
Young birds seen from December to May migrate during the winter months up the east and west coasts.
The voice of a Cape Gannet is a loud raucous 'kara-kara-kara-kara'.
The Cape Gannet only has 1 chick
The single Cape Gannet egg is incubated by the birds' feet. It is initially bluish-white but later becomes dirty and covered in guano.
Immatures all-dark initially, heavily spotted and speckled all over, body, head and neck, becoming white in that sequence.
Unmistakable, large black and white seabird with yellow head and hind neck, at close range with distinctive black lines on bill and face, plus a long black line down centre of throat. The Cape Gannet is a large white marine bird with long wings, completely webbed toes and pointed bill; nostrils not visible; tail feather not so stiff as in Cormorants and Pelicans.
The Cape Gannet is a common or locally abundant resident.
The Cape Gannet is a common off-shore species, resident throughout the year on the west and southern coasts. Found in coastal waters throughout the year as far as 160 kms offshore.