Least Auklet

Aethia pusilla

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Auks, Murres and Puffins (Alcidae)

Code 4

LEAU

Code 6

AETPUS

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Least Auklet has a current rating of Least Concern. The previous rating was Lower Risk. This is a marine bird that has a fairly large range of up to 1 million square kilometers. The population of this bird is estimated at around 24 million individual birds. The Least Auklet is native to the United States, Russia and Japan. It has also been seen in Canada as well. At this time it is not believed that there are any immediate threats or dangers that would threaten the range or the population of the Least Auklet.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Least Auklet: Very small seabird with black upperparts, small white plumes behind eyes, and black-mottled white underparts. Throat is white. Bill is short and red with a white tip. The legs and feet are gray. Feeds on zooplankton and crustaceans. Swift and direct flight low over the water.


Range and Habitat

Least Auklet: Breed on the Islands of Alaska and Siberia, and spend the winter close to the edge of the ice sheet. Their largest colonies are on the Aleutian Islands, St. Lawrence Island and Little Diomede Island, and winters offshore near breeding range. Preferred habitats include rocky coasts and open ocean.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Least Auklet one of the most abundant seabirds in the world, with an estimated global population of around nine million birds. It is also known as the Knob-billed Auklet.
  • These birds are voracious eaters, consuming 86% of their body weight in food each day.
  • They are able to locate their nest sites from the previous season, even when covered with snow. They sit where the nest is and take possession of it once the snow has melted from it.
  • A group of auks has many collective nouns, including a "colony", "loomery", and "raft" of auks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Least Auklet

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

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Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X