1197. Brachyrhamphus perdix

1197. Partridge Auk.
BRACHYRHAMPHUS PERDIX.
Brachyrhamphus perdix (Pall.), Zoogr. Boss. As. ii. p. 351, pl. lxix. (1811) ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 1211 ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvi. p. 592 ; Ridgway, p. 15 ; Alca marmorata (nec. Gmel.), Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 278.
Male ad. (Kamchatka). Head, neck, and upper parts brown mottled with dull tawny buff and buffy white ; wings and tail blackish, the latter sightly tipped with greyish buff ; chin and upper throat white very sparingly dotted with blackish ; rest of under parts white mottled with blackish brown ; bill plumbeous black ; legs and feet pale yellow, the webs blackish ; iris dark brown. Bill from feathers on forehead to tip 0.75, wing 5.8, tail 1.5, tarsus 0.7 inch. Sexes alike.
In winter the crown, neck, and sides of lower neck are deep slate, the wings darker, the middle tail-feathers blackish, the rest white ; chin, throat, a collar across the nape, and under parts white.
Hab. Asiatic coast of North Pacific from Kamchatka to the Sea of Ochotsk, Kuriles and Japan. Occurs off the islands and coasts of the North Pacific, usually in small flocks, and s essentially a sea-bird, swimming and diving with ease like the Little Auk. In holes in the ground it lays eggs pale yellowish white, with faint slaty and reddish brown dots, chiefly collected round the larger end, and measure about 2.46 by 1.66.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1197. Brachyrhamphus perdix
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1197
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
867
Common name: 
Partridge Auk
M_ID: 
4736
M_CN: 
Long-billed Murrelet
M_SN: 
Brachyramphus perdix
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10622

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