Alcidae – Auks

Tufted Puffin by Dave's BirdingPix

Tufted Puffin by Dave’s BirdingPix

… Firm is your dwelling place, And your nest is set in the rock; (Numbers 24:21 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – CHARADRIIFORMES, Family – Alcidae – Auks

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Species (25)

Little Auk (Alle alle) ©©omarrun – Video©IBC
Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia) by Daves BP – Video©IBC
Common Murre (Uria aalge) by Ian – Video©IBC
Razorbill (Alca torda) by Bob-Nan – Video©IBC
Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis †) Drawing Oiseaux
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle) by Bob-Nan – Video Article
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) ©USFWS – Video©IBC
Spectacled Guillemot (Cepphus carbo) IBC – Video©IBC
Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) ©©AReding – Video©IBC
Long-billed Murrelet (Brachyramphus perdix) ©©Flickr
Kittlitz’s Murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) ©USFWS
Xantus’s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus)©IBC
Scripps’s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus scrippsi) WBInfo
Craveri’s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus craveri) WBGuide
Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus) by Ian – Video©IBC
Japanese Murrelet (Synthliboramphus wumizusume) ©©pseudolapiz – Video©IBC
Cassin’s Auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) Daves BirdingPix
Parakeet Auklet (Aethia psittacula) by Daves BP – Video©IBC
Least Auklet (Aethia pusilla) by Daves BP – Video©IBC
Whiskered Auklet (Aethia pygmaea) ©USFWS – Video©IBC
Crested Auklet (Aethia cristatella) by Daves BP – Video©IBC
Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) by Daves BP
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) by Bob-Nan (articles below) – –Video©IBC
Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) by Daves BP – By IanVideo©IBC
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) by Ian

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Bob & Nan’s Gallery
Dave’s BirdingPix
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway

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An auk is a bird of the family Alcidae in the order Charadriiformes. Extant auks range in size from the Least Auklet, at 3 oz (85 g) and 6 in (15 cm), to the Thick-billed Murre, at 2¼ lb (1 kg) and 18 in (45 cm). They are good swimmers and divers, but their walking appears clumsy. Modern auks can fly (except for the recently extinct Great Auk). Due to their short wings, auks have to flap their wings very quickly in order to fly.

Auks are superficially similar to penguins having black-and-white colours, upright posture and some of their habits. Nevertheless they are not closely related to penguins.

Auks live on the open sea and only go ashore for breeding, although some species, like the Common Guillemot, spend a great part of the year defending their nesting spot from others.

Several species have different names in Europe and North America. The guillemots of Europe are murres in North America, if they occur in both continents, and the Little Auk becomes the Dovekie.

Some species, such as the Uria guillemots, nest in large colonies on cliff edges; others, like the Cepphus guillemots, breed in small groups on rocky coasts; and the puffins, auklets and some murrelets nest in burrows. All species except the Brachyramphus murrelets are colonial. (Wikipedia with editing)


Here an interesting video from National Geographic about Pufflings.

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