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With a dominant tree cover and relatively little herbaceous vegetation, Ile Bonaventure supports some 570 different taxons, including some inhabiting the steep cliffs that rise as high as 75 metres on the northeastern shore.
Rock outcrops and herbaceous vegetation are the two major habitat types on Rocher Percé (Percé Rock).
The Northern Gannet is no doubt the most common species on Ile Bonaventure, with more than 32,000 pairs found in 1994. The Black-legged Kittiwake and the Common Murre also form impressive colonies, numbering more than 25 000 and 28 000 individuals respectively.
American Herring Gull and the Great Black-backed Gull are two familiar species that are found on both Rocher Percé and Ile Bonaventure, as are the Black Guillemot, the Razorbill and the Leach's Storm-petrel.
Some species seem to prefer to nest on Rocher Percé, such as the Great Cormorant and the Double-crested Cormorant (474 pairs of the latter in 1989). The Atlantic Puffin, found on Ile Bonaventure, does not seem to frequent Rocher Percé.
Several perching birds, such as the Boreal Chickadee and the Blackpoll Warbler, can also be seen on Ile Bonaventure.
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Bonaventure Island and Perce Rock website
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NatureLvrCanada's review Great place to watch Northern Gannet [and other birds] up close. Nice hiking trails. Picturesque little island. Don't have anything to add other than what has been described so far. The pictures tell the story. http://www.pbase.com/golfpic/northern_gannet_and_right_whale Pros
- being able to get close to Northern Gannets