French: Starique cristatelle German: Schopfalk Spanish: Mérgulo empenachado
Hokkaido to Kamchatka
Chukotskiy Peninsula S through Diomede Is to N Sea of Okhotsk, Sakhalin and Kuril Is, and W Alaska S through St Lawrence I, St Matthew I and Pribilofs to Aleutians E to Shumagin Is. Winters at sea and along coasts in Bering Sea, often near breeding areas with open water, S to Gulf of Alaska and N Japan.
18–20 cm; c. 260 g; wingspan 40–50 cm. Distinctive forward-coiled ornamental facial plumes and crest, striking bright reddish orange and yellow-tipped bill,... read more
Generally silent at sea. At breeding colonies, quite noisy, with several vocalizations given either... read more
Offshore and along sea coasts. Breeds on remote islands and coasts, utilizing scree slopes, boulder... read more
Food and feeding
Forages mainly offshore in deep water, sometimes in near-shore regions, almost always in large flocks throughout year. Adult diet during... read more
Spring arrival March–May, with colony attendance from late April (Aleutians), early May (Pribilofs), late May (St Matthew I) or early... read more
Migratory movements are incompletely known. A northward movement into the Chukchi Sea, north of the... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Breeding population size unknown, but the North American population has been estimated at c. 3,000,000 individuals (roughly 2,100,000... read more
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