1202. Simorhynchus pygmAeus

1202. WHISKERED AUK.
SIMORHYNCHUS PYGMAEUS.
Simorhynchus pygmoeus (Gmel.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 555 (1788) ; (Seebohm), B. Jap. Emp. p. 286 ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvi. p. 603 ; Ridgway, p. 13 ; (Tacz.), F. O. Sib. O. p. 1235.
Male ad. (Kuriles). Upper parts, wings, and tail black ; lump and upper tail-coverts dark slate ; lower abdomen white, the rest of the under parts sooty greyish black, becoming black on the upper throat and chin ; a patch in front of the eye, and long stripes of elongated feathers from the base of the gape and from behind the eye white ; a long recurved white crest above the eye, and a long black one on the forehead ; beak vermilion, the tip bluish ; legs and feet light bluish grey, the joints brownish violet ; iris white. Culmen from feathers 1.4, wing 4.6, tail 1.3, tarsus 1.0 inch Sexes alike. In winter the plumage scarcely differs.
Hab. North Pacific from Kamchatka the Commander and Kurile Islands to Northern Japan ; Alaska. In general habits it does not differ from its allies, and I do not find any description of its nidification, but its egg is pure white, rather dull in grain, and measures 1.78 by 1.26.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1202. Simorhynchus pygmAeus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1202
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
870
Common name: 
Whiskered Auk
M_ID: 
4753
M_CN: 
Whiskered Auklet
M_SN: 
Aethia pygmaea
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
11077

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