Story: Gannets and boobies

Gannet chicks (1st of 2)

Gannet chicks

Gannets look rather unattractive when they start life. They hatch out naked and blind and take about four weeks to acquire a full cover of fluffy white feathers. This three-week-old chick still has a bare head and throat.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Gannets and boobies - Gannets: life history and feeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 February 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015