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Birds - Spitsbergen


Svalbard has some of the largest concentration of birds (hundreds of thousands) of Northern Atlantic.

Most of the birds are migratory, spending the winter at the Barents Sea, in Norway or on the continent. Most of Birds in Svalbard are dependent on the marine environment.

About 163 species of birds have been found on Svalbard, and 20 to 30 of these regularly nest there : The little auk, the kittywake, the fulmar, the eider, the Brünnich's Guillemot, the Pink-footed Goose ...

The little auk is probably the most common specie in the Svalbard archipelago during the nesting period.

The Svalbard Ptarmigan which is subspecies of the Ptarmigan is the only bird that stays at Svalbard throughout the winter .Other species typically Arctic like the gull of Sabine, the gull of Ross and seagull senator also spend winter in Svalbard or in the area.

  Click on the pictures to enlarge - Pictures taken in Spitsbergen
  Svalbard Ptarmigan - Lagopus mutus hyperboreus   Svalbard Ptarmigan - Lagopus mutus hyperboreus   Ivory Gull - Pagophila eburnea   Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula  
Pink-footed Goose -Anser brachyrhynchus Eider - Somateria mollissima Glaucous Gull - Larus hyperboreus Fulmar - Fulmarus glacialis
Brünnich's Guillemot - Uria lomvia   Grey Pharalope - Phalaropus fulicaria Long Tailed Skua - Stercorarius longicaudus Little Auk - Alle alle
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