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Least Auklet - Aethia pusilla

Characteristics
Range
Habitat
Diet
Life Cycle
Behavior

 Classification

 Phylum:
Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Charadriiformes
 Family: Alcidae
 Genus:  Aethia


Least Auklet

ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least ConcernLeast Concern
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  Characteristics
Least AukletThe least auklet is a sparrow-sized seabird. It is about six inches long. The least auklet is the smallest species in the Alcid family. It has dark brown to black feathers on its back and wings. It has white spotted feathers on its chest and undersides.

In summer, it has a white plume behind its eyes. It has a dark red bill, yellow eyes, a very short tail and webbed gray-black feet. Males and females look the same.

  Range
mapThe least auklet breeds on islands off the coast of Alaska. It winters on the open water.




  Habitat
The least auklet nests on rocky coasts with lots of rocks and boulders. It lives on the open ocean when it is not mating season.
  Diet
The least auklet dives from the surface of the water and scoops up zooplankton.
  Life Cycle
Least AukletThe least auklet leaves the open ocean in June to return to its breeding grounds. Least auklets gather in large colonies on boulder-covered beaches and on scattered locations on cliff faces. The female least auklet lays just one egg in a crevice. The egg hatches in about a month. The least auklet carries food for its chick back to the colony in a special throat pouch. The chick fledges in a month.

  Behavior
Least auklets only come on land to breed.




 

 


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