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alle alleAlle alle (Little auk)

Scientific name: Alle alle (Linnaeus, 1758)
Popular names: Little auk, Dovekie
Danish name: Søkonge

Family: Alcidae (Auks)

Distribution: Arctic region
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Max. size: 38 cm (wingspan), 21 cm (body length)

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Anthus rubescensAnthus rubescens
(Buff-bellied Pipit)

Scientific name: Anthus rubescens (Tunstall, 1771)
Popular names: Buff-bellied Pipit
Danish name: Hedepiber

Family: Motacillidae

Distribution: Northern hemisphere
Observation sites: 

Max. size: 17 cm (body length), 27 cm (wingspan)

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carduelis cabaretCarduelis cabaret
(Lesser Redpoll)

Scientific name: Carduelis cabaret (Statius Müller, 1776)
Popular names: Lesser Redpoll
Danish name: Lille Gråsisken

Family: Fringillidae (True finches)

Distribution: Central and Northern Europe including the Arctic region
Observation sites: Davis Strait

Max. size: 23 cm (wingspan), 13 cm (body length)

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falco peregrinusFalco peregrinus
(Peregrine Falcon)

Scientific name: Falco peregrinus (Tunstall, 1771)
Popular names: Peregrine Falcon, peregrine
Danish name: Vandrefalk

Family: Falconidae (Falcons)

Distribution: America and Greenland
Observation sites: Davis strait

Max. size: 120 cm (wingspan), 58 cm (body length)

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From time to time we are blessed with the sight of migrating falcons. At times they even exploit the possibility of a well deserved rest and can stay on and around the boat for several days. The species seen in Greenland belongs to the sub species Falco peregrines tundrius (C.M. White, 1968) living in the Arctic tundra of North America to Greenland, and migrates to wintering grounds in Central and South America.


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Fratercula arcticaFratercula arctica
(Atlantic puffin)

Scientific name: Fratercula arctica (Brisson, 1760)
Popular names: Atlantic puffin
Danish name: Lunde

Family: Alcidae (Auks)

Distribution: Europe, North Africa, North America, North Asia
Observation sites: Davis Strait and Denmark Strait

Max. size: 53 cm (wingspan) / 380 g

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fulmarus glacialisFulmarus glacialis
(Northern fulmar)

Scientific name: Fulmarus glacialis (Linnaeus, 1761)
Popular names: Northern fulmar
Danish name: Mallemuk

Family: Procellariidae

Distribution: Northern hemisphere at northern latitudes
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Max size: ~ 112 cm (wingspan)

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haliaeetus albicillaHaliaeetus albicilla
(White-tailed eagle)

Scientific name: Haliaeetus albicilla (Linnaeus, 1758)
Popular names: White-tailed eagle, Sea eagle, Erne 
Danish name: Havørn

Family: Accipitridae

Distribution: SW Greenland, Northern Europe and Asia
Observation sites: SW Greenland close to the shore

Max. size: 245 cm (wingspan) - 6,2 kg

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Larus argentatusLarus argentatus
(European Herring Gull)

Scientific name: Larus argentatus (Pontoppidan, 1763)
Popular names: European Herring Gull
Danish name: Sølvmåge

Family: Laridae (Gulls)

Distribution: Northern hemisphere
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Max. size: 66 cm (wingspan), 155 cm (body length), 1.5 kg

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Larus glaucoidesLarus glaucoides
(Iceland gull)

Scientific name: Larus glaucoides (Meyer, 1822)
Popular names: Iceland gull
Danish name: Hvidvinget måge

Family: Laridae (Gulls)

Distribution: North America, Eurasia : North Atlantic Ocean
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Max. size: 140 cm (wingspan), 60 cm (body length)

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Larus hyperboreusLarus hyperboreus
(Glaucous gull)

Scientific name: Larus hyperboreus (Gunnerus, 1767)
Popular names: Glaucous gull
Danish name: Gråmåge

Family: Laridae (Gulls)

Distribution: Northern hemisphere
Observation site: Davis and Denmark Strait

Max size: 155 cm (wingspan), 68 cm (body length) / 2.7 kg

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Morus bassanusMorus bassanus
(Northern gannet)

Scientific name: Morus bassanus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Popular names: Northern gannet
Danish name: Sule

Family: Sulidae (Sulidas)

Distribution: North Atlantic
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Max. size: 180 cm (wingspan) / 3.6 kg

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pagophila eburneaPagophila eburnea
(Ivory gull)

Scientific name: Pagophila eburnea (Phipps, 1774)
Popular names: Ivory gull
Danish name: Ismåge

Family: Laridae (Gulls)

Distribution: Near-circumpolar. Breeds from north Canada through Greenland, Svalbard and islands off northern Russia
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Max. size: 110 cm (wingspan)

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Phalaropus lobatusPhalaropus lobatus
(Red-necked Phalarope)

Scientific name: Phalaropus lobatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Popular names: Red-necked Phalarope
Danish name: Odinshane

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers)

Distribution: Cosmopolitan distribution
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Max. size: 66 cm (body length) / ~ 1.3 kg

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Puffinus gravisPuffinus gravis
(Great shearwater)

Scientific name: Puffinus gravis (O'Reilly, 1818)
Popular names: Great shearwater, greater shearwater
Danish name: Storskråbe

Family: Procellariidae

Distribution: Breeds in the southern hemisphere and then migrates to the northern hemisphere to forage
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Max. size: 122 cm (wingspan)

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Puffinus griseusPuffinus griseus
(Sooty Shearwater)

Scientific name: puffinus griseus (Gmelin, 1789)
Popular names: Sooty Shearwater
Danish name: Sodfarvet Skråpe

Family: Procellariidae

Distribution: More or less a cosmopolitan distribution (but specific island breeding sites)
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Max. size: 110 cm (wingspan), 51 cm (body length)

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puffinus puffinusPuffinus puffinus
(Manx shearwater)

Scientific name: Puffinus puffinus (Brünnich, 1764)
Popular names: Manx shearwater
Danish name: Skråbe

Family: Procellariidae

Distribution: circum global

Max size: ~ 90 cm (wingspan)

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rissa tridactylaRissa tridactyla
(Black-legged kittiwake)

Scientific name: Rissa tridactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)
Popular names: Black-legged kittiwake
Danish name: Ride

Family: Laridae (Gulls)

Distribution: Northern hemisphere
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Max. size: 105 cm (wingspan) / 525 g

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stercorarius parasiticusStercorarius parasiticus
(Parasitic jaeger)

Scientific name: Stercorarius parasiticus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Popular names: Parasitic jaeger
Danish name: Almindelig kjove

Family: Stercorariidae (Skuas)

Distribution: circum global (migrant)

Max size: ~ 45 cm (lenght)

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stercorarius pomarinusStercorarius pomarinus
(Pomarine skua)

Scientific name: Stercorarius pomarinus (Temminck, 1815)
Popular names: Pomarine skua
Danish name: Mellemkjove

Family: Stercorariidae (Skuas)

Distribution: Breeds in the Artic region and have a winter range in tropics
Observation sites: Denmark Strait

Max. size: 67 cm (body length), 138 cm (wingspan) / 920 g

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Stercorarius skuaStercorarius skua
(Great skua)

Scientific name: Stercorarius skua (Brunnich, 1764)
Popular names: Great skua
Danish name: Storkjove

Family: Stercorariidae (Skuas)

Distribution: Northeast Atlantic and Northwest Atlantic
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Max. size: 140 cm (wingspan), 58 cm (body length)

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sterna paradisaea2Sterna paradisaea
(Arctic tern)

Scientific name: Sterna paradisaea (Pontoppidan, 1763)
Popular names: Arctic tern
Danish name: Havterne

Family: Sternidae (Terns)

Distribution: Circumpolar (Arctic and Antarctic regions)
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Max size: ~ 85 cm (wingspan); ~ 39 cm (body length) / 130 g

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uria aalgeUria aalge (Common murre)

Scientific name: Uria aalge (Pontoppidan, 1763)
Popular names: Common murre
Danish name: Lomvie

Family: Alcidae (Auks)

Distribution: circumpolar

Max size: ~ 75 cm (wingspan)

Observation sites:

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