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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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We examined all relevant species of alcids that occur in the New York area during the month of February (Sibley 2000) including Common Murre (Uria aalge), Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia), Razorbill (Alca torda), Dovekie (Alie alie), and Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle).
The razorbill - black with a white underside, it is a colonial seabird which only comes to land in order to breed.
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When conditions were last assessed in 2008, both of the seabirds covered by the assessment razorbill (Alca torda) and common guillemot (Uria lge) were classified as unfavourable declining .
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This site is a Special Protection Area protected at a European level for its seabird population - mainly Cormorants but also good numbers of Razorbill, Guillemot and Kittiwake on the northern cliffs, while a few Puffins have returned following an intense effort to eradicate rats from the island.
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Nonplussed experts are to pore over dietary data to find out what the razorbill could eat at such immense depths.