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Parakeet Auklet - Aethia psittacula

Parakeet Auklet


 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Charadriiformes 
 Family: Alcidae 
 Genus:  Aethia
ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least ConcernLeast Concern


Parakeet AukletThe parakeet auklet is a small, chubby seabird about 9-10 inches tall. It has dark black feathers on its head and back, a white throat and chest, and a white plume behind its yellow eyes. It has a distinctive bright red bill. In summer, its eye plume may disappear. Males and females look the same.


mapIn North America, the parakeet auklet lives and breeds on islands and cliffs off the coast of Alaska. It winters in the waters off the coast of Alaska.




Parakeet AukletThe parakeet auklet nests on island coasts and cliffs.



Parakeet AukletThe parakeet auklet dives for krill. Sometimes it eats small fish.





Life Cycle

Parakeet AukletThe female parakeet auklet usually lays just one egg in a cliff crevice or among  boulders. The egg hatches in a little over a month. The chick fledges in just a little over a month.


Parakeet AukletUnlike other auklets, the parakeet auklet doesn't nest in large colonies. One parakeet auklet sits on a cliff ledge near its nest and watches for danger, while the other auklet incubates the egg or tends to the chick.
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