Close-up profile of cape gannet's head

Cape gannet

Cape gannets breed on islands off the coast of Nambia and South Africa. They build their nests out of droppings, with a few bones and feathers mixed in.

Scientific name: Morus capensis

Rank: Species

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The Cape gannet can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Cape gannet distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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