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A large auk (Alca torda) of the northern Atlantic, having black-and-white plumage, a long tail, and a flattened bill. Also called razor-billed auk.


(ˈreɪzəˌbɪl) ,

razorbill auk


razor-billed auk

(Animals) a common auk, Alca torda, of the North Atlantic, having a thick laterally compressed bill with white markings
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Noun1.razorbill - black-and-white northern Atlantic auk having a compressed sharp-edged billrazorbill - black-and-white northern Atlantic auk having a compressed sharp-edged bill
auk - black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seas
Alca, genus Alca - type genus of the Alcidae comprising solely the razorbill


[ˈreɪzəbɪl] Nalca f común


[ˈreɪzəˌbɪl] ngazza marina
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RSPCA inspector Jaqui Miller said: "Guillemots, puffins, razorbills and gulls have been affected.
The study, which tracked and modelled behaviour of kittiwakes, shags, razorbills and guillemots, can help assess potential impacts from offshore wind farms and other activities and where protected areas of the seas should be, researchers said.
The island off the coast of Antrim is host to 250,000 puffins, fulmars, razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes all jostling for space on the cliffs.
It is hoped puffins, Manx shearwaters, guillemots and razorbills will benefit from the extension of boundaries of three existing special protection areas off the coastline of the two counties.
Species including puffins, Manx shearwaters, guillemots and razorbills should benefit from the measure agreed by Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant.
The most significant event was an unprecedented movement of Razorbills (a Puffin relative) in huge numbers far south of their normal range off the East Coast of North America.
Animal charities said the birds - mostly guillemots but also a smaller number of razorbills and puffins - have been found covered in a sticky, oily substance on beaches across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.
Thousands of stricken guillemots and razorbills have already been found covered in the unknown substance, thought to have been dumped by a ship.
They said puffins - along with razorbills, kittiwakes and other seabirds - would be hit.
During the extended visit to the Island, experts will be available for any questions people have on the area or the many birds such as Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Terns, they may see.
Yet conservationists have been astonished to see the depths dived by some of the birds - particularly the deep-diving razorbills.
The team manage to capture images of puffins, razorbills and guillemots as they arrive home from their jaunt across the seas and set up home in readiness for laying eggs.