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alcid

members of the bird family Alcidae, the northern counterpart of the southern hemisphere penguin; includes auks, guillemots, puffins.
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Nocturnally active breeding alcids are Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus; Jones et al.
In Common Murres some of the most intense fighting occurs in mate defence and in all alcids males may risk injury while defending females (Birkhead 1978; 1985; Birkhead et al.
Only the few intrepid fishermen and very serious pelagic bird watchers, who charter a boat to see alcids (our northern hemisphere's version of penguins), like puffins, dovekies, murres, and razorbills, risk going into the brutal winter sea.
Among the important changes from historical listings accepted by Balar but not (yet) by the AOU are recognition of the tundra plovers (genus Pluvialis) as a family distinct from other plovers, treatment of the skimmers (Rynchops) as a family distinct from terns, and the sequential listing of the alcids before, instead of after, the skuas, gulls and terns.
Multiple molt centers or series among primaries have been documented widely among non-passerine families including albatrosses (Diomedeidae), alcids (A1cidae), falcons (Falconidae), parrots (Psittacidae), and owls (Strigidae) (Miller 1941; Langston and Rohwer 1995; Pyle 1997, 2008; Thompson and Kitaysky 2004), but only a few exceptions to distal and sequential replacement during complete prebasic molts have been documented in north-temperate passerines.
Fledgling alcids have a natural inclination to descend while fledging, presumably an adaptation for nesting on slopes and cliffs (Gaston and Jones 1998).
Part II contains information on birds from waterfowl through alcids as doves through passerines were included in Pyle 1997: Identification Guide to North American Birds, Part I (Slate Creek Press; Point Reyes Station, CA, USA).
We found no previous reports of Northern Fulmar actively preying on seabirds or procellariid species preying upon alcids.
They support staggering nesting populations of millions of alcids and other seabirds.