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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Auks

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Alcidae

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The family of Auks can be found throughout the Arctic region, the North Atlantic and the North Pacific. Their body length ranges from 17 cm to 70 cm. They are clumsy birds with short wings, feet and tails. Alks come ashore only to breed, all swim and dive well, but do not fly well. They mainly eat fish, which they chase with flapping wings underwater. They breed on ledges, in caves or niches.

Alle

     alle - Little Auk (6)

Uria

     aalge - Common Murre (11)
     lomvia - Thick-billed Murre (5)

Alca

     torda - Razorbill (7)

Pinguinus

     impennis - Great Auk (7)

Cepphus

     grylle - Black Guillemot (13)
     columba - Pigeon Guillemot (6)
     carbo - Spectacled Guillemot (2)

Brachyramphus

     perdix - Long-billed Murrelet (3)
     marmoratus - Marbled Murrelet (4)
     brevirostris - Kittlitz's Murrelet (5)

Synthliboramphus

     scrippsi - Scripps's Murrelet (1)
     hypoleucus - Xantus's Murrelet (2)
     craveri - Craveri's Murrelet (2)
     antiquus - Ancient Murrelet (5)
     wumizusume - Japanese Murrelet (3)

Ptychoramphus

     aleuticus - Cassin's Auklet (6)

Aethia

     psittacula - Parakeet Auklet (6)
     pusilla - Least Auklet (5)
     pygmaea - Whiskered Auklet (5)
     cristatella - Crested Auklet (7)

Cerorhinca

     monocerata - Rhinoceros Auklet (5)

Fratercula

     arctica - Atlantic Puffin (10)
     corniculata - Horned Puffin (5)
     cirrhata - Tufted Puffin (5)

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