1204. Simorhynchus psittaculus

1204. PARROQUET AUK.
SIMORHYNCHUS PSITTACULUS.
Simorhynchus psittaculus (Pall.), Spicel. Zool. fasc. v. pls. ii. and v. figs. 4-6 ; (Tacz.), F. O. Sib. O. p. 1227 ; (Elliot), B. N. Am. ii. pl. lxx. ; (Seebobm), B. Jap. Emp. p. 284 ; (Ogilvie Grant), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvi. p. 607 ; (Ridgway), p. 12.
Male ad. (Kuriles). Head, neck to upper breast, upper parts, wings, tail, and flanks deep smoky black, rather browner on the neck ; rest of under parts white ; a band of narrow elongate white feathers from behind the eye across the ear-coverts ; bill salmon-red ; nasal shield darker, greyish brown ; soft part along the base of the upper tomia fleshy white ; feet bluish white tinged with yellow, on the joints a well-defined dusky spot ; webs blackish, along the toes bluish white ; sides of tarsus and toes black ; iris white. Gape 1.0, wing 6.1, tail 1.85, tarsus 1.25 inch.
Hab. North Pacific from the Chukchi Peninsula to the Kuriles, but not on the coasts of Eastern Siberia, though it occurs on those of Kamchatka ; Commander Isles and Alaska.
In habits it is said to resemble its allies. Its note is a clear whistle like that of Uria grylle and U. columba. It lays in June, in the crannies of almost inaccessible cliffs, its single egg, which is dull chalky white without any markings. A single egg in my collection measures 1.62 by 1.17.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1204. Simorhynchus psittaculus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1204
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
871
Common name: 
Parroquet Auk
M_ID: 
4751
M_CN: 
Parakeet Auklet
M_SN: 
Aethia psittacula
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10620

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