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Photo by peterday
St Paul Island, The Pribilofs, Alaska, USA, July, 2017
Aethia psittacula


23–25 cm (9-10 in)br />

  • Short orange bill
  • Dark upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Yellowish gape
  • A white plume projects back from the eye


North Pacific and Bering Sea; winters to Japan and southern California

Photo by steenl
Seward, Alaska, June 2005


This is a monotypic species[1] which was previously placed in the genus Cyclorrhynchus.[2]


Breeds on off-shore islands, on cliffs, slopes and amongst boulders. The rest of their time is spent at sea.



They feed on krill and small crustraceans.


The breeding season starts in April and May. Colonial breeders with other auk species. The single egg is placed in a crevice or under a boulder and incubated for about a month. The chick fledges after 35 days, flying out to sea on its own.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)
  4. Wikipedia

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