Story: Gannets and boobies

Chick with down (2nd of 2)

Chick with down

This one-month-old gannet chick, pictured with an adult, is covered in a fluffy down and growing rapidly. Chicks lose their down feathers during the second and third months as they develop the speckled plumage of the juvenile stage.

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Photograph by Dick Veitch

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Gannets and boobies - Gannets: life history and feeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

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