Crested Auklet - Aethia cristatella
In breeding season, it has a white plume beside its eyes and a crest of feathers that curls forward on the top of its head.
It has a bright orange bill, a very short tail, and webbed black feet. Males and females look the same.
The crested auklet lives and breeds on islands and beaches off the coast of Alaska. It winters in the open ocean.
The crested auklet eats plankton.
The crested auklet nests in large colonies. The female crested auklet usually lays just one egg in the boulders and crevices in cliffs. The egg hatches in a little over a month.The auklet stores plankton in a pouch under its tongue to feed to the chick. The chick fledges in a little over a month.
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