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[New Latin Alcidae, from Alca, type genus, coined by Carolus Linnaeus from Swedish alka, auk, ultimately from Old Norse ālka, alka.]


(Animals) any of twenty-two species of oceanic birds of the family Alcidae
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12) Species affected by this ongoing oiling event are the same as those affected during actual coastal oil spills in California (eg, alcids, grebes, loons, diving ducks, procellarids, and pelicans).
The diet and food consumption of nestling Cassin's Auklets during summer, and a comparison with other plankton-feeding alcids.
The diverse suite of taxa attracted to drillships includes tubenoses, gulls, and alcids (Baird, 1990; Wiese et al.
Locally, we lose terns, gannets, sea ducks, loons and various species of alcids - small, penguin-like species of northern waters that include puffins, murres and razorbills.
A total of 17 different groups of seabirds were taken into account, including: loons, grebes, fulmars and petrels, shearwaters, pelicans, cormorants, shorebirds, gulls and kittawakes, terns, skimmers, and alcids.
Polar/sub-polar] St Paul in Alaska's Pribilof Islands boasts the largest seabird nesting colonies in the northern hemisphere--some two-and-a-half million birds, including alcids such as common murres, crested auklets and tufted puffins.
Adult alcids rarely move from their historic sites," says the biologist.
However, sequence divergence between species of guillemots for this portion of the control region is similar to that for cytochrome b (Table 2), which has a substitution rate of approximately 2%/million yr in alcids and other birds (Friesen and Anderson 1997; Friesen et al.
The book is organized by bird family: you'll find separate sections for tubenoses (albatrosses, fulmars, shearwaters, petrels), pelican-like birds, gull-like birds, phalaropes, and alcids.
Unlike some seabirds, which carry back partially digested prey in a gular sac to feed their chicks, alcids feed largely intact prey to their chicks.
Thursday - Birdwatch: Midweek "Hunt" for Alcids and Seadbirds by BBC.