MORUS

(Sulidae; Ϯ Northern Gannet M. bassanus) Gr. μωρος mōros  silly, foolish; "252. FOU, Morus.  Pelecanus, Linn. Gm. Lath.  Bec fort, plus long que la tête, un peu épais, comprimé, arrondi en dessus, finement dentelé sur les bords; mandibule supérieure suturée, fléchie à la pointe. — Face nue. — Gorge expansible.   Esp. Fou de Bassan, Buff." (Vieillot 1816); "Morus Vieillot, Analyse, 1816, p. 63. Type, by monotypy, "Fou de Bassan" Buffon = Pelecanus bassanus Linné." (Peters 1931, 1, 82).  Early travellers commented on the fearlessness of gannets and boobies in their breeding colonies, allowing a close approach and the opportunity to collect or kill them.
Var. Moris.
Synon. MicrosulaPlancus, Sulita.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 20 January 2019).