Razor-billed auk

Adult birds are black on their upperparts and white on the breast and belly. The thick black bill has a blunt end. The tail is pointed and longer than that of a Murre. In winter, the throat and upper chest turn white.

The Razor-billed auk is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The razor-billed auk is Alca torda; the paraquet auklet, Cyclorrynchus psittacula; the rhinoceros auklet, Cerorhinca monocerata; Cassin's auklet, Ptychoramphus aleuticus. Related TopicsFranklin's Gull Franklin's Gull, or Prairie Dove, a gull that spends the summer on the Great Plains from southern Canada to central United States. The bird does much… See more »Snipe Snipe, a shore bird that lives in marshes, bogs, and meadows throughout most of the world. There are 15 species. More

razor-billed auk pronunciation /ˈreɪ zərˌbɪld/ Show Spelled Show IPA –nouna black and white auk, Alca torda, of the American and European coasts of the northern North Atlantic, having a compressed black bill encircled by a white band. Use razor-billed auk in a SentenceSee images of razor-billed aukSearch razor-billed auk on the WebAlso called ra·zor·bill. - Origin: 1815–25 Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010. More

The Razor-billed Auks begin to drop their eggs in the beginning of May. In July we found numerous young ones, although yet small. Their bill then scarcely exhibited the form which it ultimately assumes. They were covered with down, had a lisping note, but fed freely on shrimps and small bits of fish, the food with which their parents supply them. They were very friendly towards each other, differing greatly in this respect from the young Puffins, which were continually quarrelling. More

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The razor-billed auk is Alca torda. See puffin, guillemot, and murre. WordNet (1) 1. More

razor-billed auk definition = razor-billed auk definition ra·zor-billed auk (rāˈzər-bĭldˌ) noun A razorbill. Browse dictionary definitions near razor-billed auk 1. razeed 2. razeeing 3. Razia 4. razing 5. razor 6. razor (synonyms) 7. razor (idioms) 8. More

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Author: Tanya Dewey, Animal Diversity Web, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
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Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Alcidae
Genus : Alca
Species : torda
Authority : Linnaeus, 1758