Parakeet Auklet

Aethia psittacula

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Auks, Murres and Puffins (Alcidae)

Code 4

PAAU

Code 6

AETPSI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Parakeet Auklet has a wide range estimated at 100,000 to 1,000,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in Canada, the United States, Japan and the Russian Federation. It is a marine bird with a preference for ocean and fresh water locations and shoreline, coastal and cliff habitats. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 800,000 individual birds. It is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Parakeet Auklet have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Parakeet Auklet: Small seabird with black head and upperparts, white underparts, and distinct yellow-white plumes behind eyes. Bill is large, conical, and bright orange-red. Legs and feet are gray. Feeds on small fish, crustaceans and jellyfish. Strong direct flight with rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Parakeet Auklet: Found near the boreal waters of the Bering Sea from Alaska to Siberia. May be found in coastal regions of Alaska, as well as along the Aleutian Islands archipelago. May travel as far south as California during winter months. Inhabits islands with rocky cliffs or talus slides during the summer breeding season.

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Parakeet Auklet SONGS AND CALLS

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Voice Text

"chu-u-u-ee, chu-u-u-ee-ee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Parakeet Auklet used to be placed on its own in the genus Cyclorrhynchus but recent morphological and genetic evidence suggest it should be placed in the genus Aethia.
  • It is named because of its unusually shaped bill, which is almost round like that of a parrot. This unique bill shape helps them to feed on their favorite foods of slimy jellyfish and zooplankton.
  • It makes a series of rhythimc hoarse calls and a quavering squeal. Their function is unknown, but could be associated with defending its burrow from intruders and strengthening the bond with its mate.
  • A group of auks has many collective nouns, including a "colony", "loomery", and "raft" of auks.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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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