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US Puffins In Danger
2013-06-03 13:22:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The population of Atlantic puffins is showing signs that it may be in trouble, and scientists now say that the problems plaguing the iconic birds could be an early warning for the conservation of other seabird species. Based on observations of puffins that visit the Gulf of Maine, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and other New...

2009-07-17 09:11:01

It's a terrible sight: hundreds of dead seabirds washed up on the seashore. These catastrophic events occur in the winter and are known as winter wrecks. No one knows why the birds perish, and it is almost impossible to study the animals out in stormy winter seas to find out how they meet their fate. With the birds' tough life style in mind, J©rôme Fort and David Gr©millet from the CNRS Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive in France decided to try to...


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2006-02-23 12:32:40

The Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) is a medium-sized auk common to the Pacific. They closely resemble the other members of the genus Cepphus, particularly the Black Guillemot, which it is slightly larger than. Adult birds have black bodies with a white wing patch broken by a black wedge, a thin dark bill and red legs and feet. They are similar in appearance to the Black Guillemot but show dark wing linings in flight. In winter, the upperparts are mottled grey and black and the...

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2006-02-23 12:20:33

The Black Guillemot or Tystie (Cepphus grille) is a medium-sized auk measuring 32-38 cm in length, and with a 49-58 cm wingspan. Adult birds have black bodies with a white wing patch, a thin dark bill and red legs and feet. They show white wing linings in flight. In winter, the upperparts are pale grey and the underparts are white. The wings remain black with the large white patch on the inner wing. Their preferred breeding habitat is rocky shores, cliffs and islands on northern...

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2006-02-23 10:59:10

PHOTO CAPTION:Common and Thick-billed Murres Auks are birds of the family Alcidae in the order Charadriiformes. They are similar to penguins because of their black-and-white colors, upright posture and certain habits. Even so, they are not related to the penguins at all, but considered by some to be a product of moderate convergent evolution. In contrast to penguins, auks have the ability to fly (with the exception of the extinct Great Auk). They are considered good swimmers and divers,...

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2005-06-02 10:40:44

The Razorbill (Alca torda) is a large alcid, 38-43 cm in length, with a 60-69 cm wingspan. It is the only member of the genus Alca. 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 black face becomes white. Their breeding habitat is islands, rocky shores and cliffs on northern Atlantic coasts, in eastern North America as far south as Maine, and in Western...

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