Auklet


AUKLET is a small, dark grey seabird. Auklets nest in island colonies, in long burrows excavated in the soft ground; they feed out at sea by diving for fish and planktonic shrimp. Two species are present in BC. About 80% of all the world's Cassin's auklets (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) nest along the outer coast, about 1 million on TRIANGLE ISLAND alone. The rhinoceros auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) is a larger bird, more like a PUFFIN. In breeding season it has a distinctive upright "horn" at the...

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