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Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) at breeding site near Reykjavik, Iceland

Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) at breeding site near Reykjavik, Iceland

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Uploaded 05 Oct 2013 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2013
From collection: Arctic Biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Fulmars like other members of the bird family Procellariiformes (where also albatrosses belong to) share certain traits. First, they have nasal passages that attach to the upper bill called naricorns. The bills of Procellariiformes are unique in being split into between 7 and 9 horny plates. Finally, they produce a stomach oil made up of wax esters and triglycerides that is stored in the proventriculus. This is used against predators as well as an energy rich food source for chicks and for t ...
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