Audublog

Why couldn’t it have been named after a unicorn?

May 21st, 2012 · by Daniela Ogden

Yesterday, a whopping 345 Rhinoceros Auklets were seen off the coast of Santa Cruz. Named after the rhinoceros because of a ‘horn’ on the base of its bill. The function of the small appendage is unknown and it is shed every year. Unlike other seabirds, the Rhinoceros Auklet delivers food to its nest in the dark of night. It’s presumed that this is an adaptive behavior developed to prevent other birds from stealing the food. The bird is closely related to the puffin and spends winter in the waters off the Pacific Flyway. During the summer it migrates to the coastline to breed and nest. Watch this funny bird ham it up in the video below:

(Photo by Dick Daniels/Wikimedia Commons)

Categories: Pacific Flyway · Pacific Migration · seabirds · spring migration

One Comment so far ↓

  • SARAH

    SERIOUSLY ,this bird isnt happy… is it itchy??? it keeps seeing its own reflection too,,,,, it looks troubled to me to say the least