3. The Razorbill

The Razorbill

  • Flying surviving cousin of the Great Auk
  • Stark black and white plumage – a tuxedoed elegance
  • Newfoundland name is Tinker or Thinker
  • Begins breeding at 4 – 5 years of age
  • Lays a single egg
  • Raises young in crevices
  • Populations are increasing in eastern Canada
  • Often feed on bottom dwelling fish like the blennie held by the bird below
  • Can carry multiple fish in the bill like a puffin
  • Chicks depart colony at 2 to 3+ weeks of age
  • Chicks go to sea with the male parent




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