Order Charadriiformes

Family Alcidae

Auks
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General
  • Small to medium-sized marine, wing-propelled diving birds with stocky body, short wings and tail, mainly black or dark grey above and white below, and legs placed far back for swimming.
  • Circumpolar.
  • Exclusively marine, neritic and pelagic.
  • 12-43 cm.
  • 11 genera, 25 species, 44 taxa.
  • 6 species threatened;
    1 species extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Nettleship, D.N. & Bonan, A. (2017). Auks (Alcidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52252 on 23 November 2017).