alcid

(redirected from alcids)
Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to alcids: Alcidae, Atlantic puffin

alcid

members of the bird family Alcidae, the northern counterpart of the southern hemisphere penguin; includes auks, guillemots, puffins.
References in periodicals archive ?
Key words: alcid, British Columbia, Cassin's Auklet, female, lighthouse strikes, mortality, Pine Island, Ptychoramphus aleuticus
Guillemots apparently first diverged from the ancestral alcid lineage in the Pacific Ocean in the late Tertiary (Storer 1952; Udvardy 1963, Friesen et al.
At one extreme, young pre-cocial alcids (Synthliboramphus spp.
Postponing molt until young become independent would be similar to some semi-precocial alcids whose young complete their development at the nest, such as murrelets of the genus Brachyramphus (Sealy 1977; Carter and Stein 1995; Peery and others 2008).
Based on these results, parakeet auklets and other alcids should not be housed, or at least fed, on a loose stone substrate.
In penguins and other alcids, adult individuals with leucism or other colour aberrations were reported as regular breeders (Sealy, 1969; Voisin 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.
The Ydenberg model synthesized and refined many of the ideas expressed previously, and is especially noteworthy for being the first attempt to provide testable, quantitative predictions about timing of nest departure by young alcids.
Similar records of vagrant alcid species exist for the coast of British Columbia, indicating that some vagrant alcids can survive for extended periods outside their normal range (Carter and others 2011b; Sealy and Carter 2012).
Similar recovery patterns are found in other seabird species such as black-legged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, northern fulmar Fulmarus glacialis, and alcids (Coulson, 1966; Mead, 1974; MacDonald, 1977; Harris, 1984; Brown, 1985; Stolt et al.
Murrelets of the genus Synthliboramphus are unique among alcids because their precocial chicks leave the nest sites 2 or 3 d after hatching and swim out to sea with 1 or both parents where they are reared for up to 6 wk before becoming independent (Sealy 1973; Sealy and Campbell 1979; Litvinenko and Shibaev 1987; Gaston 1992).