Whiskered Auklet (Aethia pygmaea)

Taxonomy

One or maybe two subspecies:
A. p. pygmaea

A. p. camtschatica (justified?)

Also known as Pygmy Auklet
 

Identification

Often found in dense flocks primarily in areas of rough water produced by tidal fronts. Feed on copepods such as Neocalanus plumchrus.
 

Where and When

Restricted to the Aleutian, Commander and Kurile Islands in the north Pacific. Winters inshore near its breeding sites. Nests in rock crevices on sea cliffs or boulder piles on volcanic talus slopes. Sometimes (e.g. Buldir) nests in mixed colonies with other auklets.
 

Literature

Byrd, G.V. (1994) A closer look: Whiskered Auklet. Birding 26(6): p424-426.

Byrd, G.V. and Gibson, D.D. (1980) Distribution and population status of Whiskered Auklet in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Western Birds 11: p135-140.


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