RISSA

(Laridae; Ϯ Black-legged Kittiwake R. tridactyla) Specific name Larus rissa Brünnich, 1764 (= syn. Rissa tridactyla); "RISSA.  KITTIWAKE.   Generic CharacterRostrum mediocre rectum, lateratim compressum, apice adunco; mandibula inferiore subtus angulata.  Nares lineares, rectæ, in medio rostri sitæ.  Cauda subfurcata.  Pedes teradactyli; pollex fere obliteratus exunguiculatus.   RISSA. Leach.  LARUS. Linn., Gmel., Lath.  GAVIA. Briss.   THE Kittiwake differs from the Xemes by reason of the absence of the hinder toe, and from the Gulls by the same character, added to the subfurcate tail.   There is but one species known, which prefers the inland lakes to the sea-coasts.    BRUNNICH'S KITTIWAKE. (Rissa Brunnichii.)   ...   Larus Rissa. Linn. Syst. Nat. 1. 224.  Gmel. Syst. Nat. 1. 594.  Kittiwake. Lath. Gen. Syn. 6. 393.  ...  Tarrock Gull. Penn. Arct. Zool. 2. 533.  ...  Kittiwake Gull. Penn. Arct. Zool. 2. 456." (Stephens 1826); "Rissa Stephens, in Shaw's Gen. Zool., 13, pt. 1, 1826, p. 180. Type, by monotypy, Rissa brunnichii Stephens = Larus tridactylus Linné." (Peters 1934, II, 325).
Synon. Cheimonea, Gavia, Polocandora.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 22 January 2019).