Rhinoceros Auklet

Cerorhinca monocerata

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  • Rhinoceros Auklet |  Photo: Dow Lambert, USFWS
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Basic Information

Order

Charadriiformes

Family

Alcidae

Size

Rhinoceros Auklets are betwee 11 and 11.5 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 8 years

Weight

Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) facts, habitat, range, pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the

Diet

Rhinoceros Auklets eat fish.

Behavior

Surface Dive

Range

Pacific Coast

Nest Placement

Burrow

Number of Offspring

1 Egg

Egg Description

White

Condition at Hatching

Somewhat active, down covered

Social Status

Colonies

Wingspan

23.25-24.5 in

What does the Rhinoceros Auklet look like?

Rhinoceros Auklets are medium sized shorebirds. These stout waterbirds are dark gray with a white belly. They have a dull orange bill with a white "horn" at its base. They have two thin white stripes on their faces.

Rhinoceros Auklet Habitat

Oceans

Rhinoceros Auklet Facts

Rhinoceros Auklets are seabirds of the Pacific Ocean. They are cousins of Puffins and the only living species in the Cerorhinca genus. They get their name from the distinctive "horn" at the base of their bills. Both males and female have the horn. They are poor fliers but strong swimmers and dive underwater to capture prey, which is delivered to its nesting site under the darkness of the night sky.

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