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Pigeon Guillemot
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...

Black Guillemot
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...

Brnnichs Guillemot
2006-02-23 11:58:32

The Brünnich's Guillemot, or Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia) is a bird in the auk family that breeds on coasts and islands in the high Arctic of Europe, Asia and North America. It is one of the most numerous birds in the high arctic. These birds breed in large colonies located high atop coastal cliffs. They lay a single egg directly on a cliff ledge. They migrate south in winter into the...

Common Guillemot
2006-02-23 11:35:14

The Common Guillemot, also known as the Common Murre in North America (Uria aalge) is a large auk measuring 38-46 cm in length and with a wingspan of 61-73 cm. They are black on the head, back and wings, and have white underparts. They have a thin dark pointed bill and a small rounded dark tail. The face becomes white in winter. Western European birds of the race U. a. albionis are dark...

Auk
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...

Razorbill
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...

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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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