Oiseaux de mer
Birds of North America
Anhingidae, Alcids, Diomedeidae, Fregatidae, Hydrobatidae, Laridae, Pelecanidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Procellariidae & Sulidae
Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Seabirds
There are many types of seabirds and most species can be seen along the different coasts of North America. Other seabirds described
as pelagic are the ones who remain out in the open ocean. These birds may nest on the mainland or on islands out in the seas,
where there is less chance of land predators eating their eggs or their young.
Included in these seabirds are the gulls, terns, kittiwakes, guillemots, jaegers, skuas, shearwaters, storm-petrels, petrels, puffins,
gannet, boobies, razorbill, dovekie, murres, cormorants, auklets, murrelets, albatrosses, fulmar, pelicans, tropicbirds, frigatebirds,
noddies, and skimmer. All of these bird species can be seen at one time or another on the oceans and some of these bird species can
be found on fresh water.
Most seabirds at one time or another can be seen flying along coastlines or overland, some by choice and others pushed
off course by bad weather and strong winds. There are those such as the albatrosses that one might have a better opportunity of
seeing from a boat or a ship.
The birds and the bird species identified above are a general summary of the seabirds of North America. There is hybridizing
among the species which creates sub-species and these should be identified on an individual basis and there are others that
may be vagrants from the surrounding continents.
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