French: Macareux huppé German: Gelbschopflund Spanish: Frailecillo coletudo
N Japan (Hokkaido) through Kuril Is, Sakhalin and Sea of Okhotsk to N Chukotskiy Peninsula, and W Alaska (Diomede Is, Cape Thompson) S to Aleutians, E through Gulf of Alaska (Kodiak Archipelago) and S to British Columbia (Queen Charlotte Is, Triangle I) and C California (Farallon Is). Winters mostly at sea and along coasts from Kamchatka Peninsula and S Alaska S through breeding range, rarely to S Japan and S California.
36–41 cm; 773 g; wingspan 64–66 cm. Large, parrot-like red bill, laterally compressed, basal third of maxilla with yellowish to greenish base and yellow ridge;... read more
Generally silent at sea. Even near breeding colonies not very vocal, but utters low-pitched,... read more
Marine, along rocky coasts and offshore islands. Breeds mainly in N boreal water zone, usually on... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mostly offshore on small fish, cephalopods and crustaceans throughout year. Adult diet averages c. 52% fish, 38% squid, 7%... read more
Spring arrival latest at northernmost sites in Chukchi and Bering Seas, usually late May to early Jun, in most other regions late Apr ... read more
Winters at sea well offshore, often to NC Pacific, normally adjacent to breeding areas except N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total breeding population has been estimated at 3,502,000 birds, with c. 764,000 (710,000–810,000) in Asia (c. 22%) and 2,738,... read more
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