Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)
Length: 47 cm
Weight: 650-1,000 g
Wingspan: 102-112 cm
Population: 1,000,000 – 2,000,000 pairs
Fulmar is one of the most common bird species in Iceland. It breeds in sea cliffs all around Iceland and also inland in some places. Fulmars are seabirds that can travel long distances in search for food. Fulmars are opportunistic feeders, which feed on almost everything that is available near the surface of the ocean. Fish discards from fishing boats are the most important food source in northeast Iceland and fulmars are therefore often seen following fish boats in great numbers.
Fulmars are very common in Skjálfandi bay as they nest in cliffs along the bay and also in islands. It is estimated that around 3,000 pairs are nesting on the western part of Tjörnes peninsula and the islands Mánáreyjar and Lundey in Skjálfandi Bay.