1132. Rissa brevirostris

1132. Red-legged Kittiwake.
RISSA BREVIROSTRIS.
Rissa brevirostris (Bruch), J. f. O. 1853, p. 103 ; Saunders, Cat. B. Br. Mus, xxv. p. 312 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 1053 ; Ridgway, p. 25 ; L. brachyrhynchus (nec. Richardson), Gould, P.Z.S. 1843, p. 106 ; Rissa nivea (nec. Pallas), Gray, List. B. B. Mus. Anseres, p. 174 (1844) ; D. G. Elliot, New and Unfig. B. N. Am. ii. pl. 54.
Male ad. Differs from It tridactyla in having the mantle darker, the outer webs and margins of inner webs of the primaries up to the 4th darker, the under wing-coverts greyish slate, but paler than the mantle ; bill lemon-yellow with a tinge of green ; legs and feet bright red ; iris blown.
Culmen 1.25, wing 12.5, tail 5.6, tarsus 1.25, middle toe with claw 1.95 inch ; hind toe very small, sometimes with and sometimes without a claw. The young bird differs from that of R. tridactyla in lacking the Mack band on the wing and on the tail.
Hab. The Bering Sea from the Kamchatkan coasts to the Aleutian and Prybiloff Islands.
In habits it resembles the Kittiwake, and like it breeds on the ledges of almost inaccessible cliffs by the sea, its eggs being also similar in appearance, and measuring about 2.36 by 1.64.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1132. Rissa brevirostris
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1132
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
823
Common name: 
Red Legged Kittiwake
M_ID: 
4475
M_CN: 
Red-legged Kittiwake
M_SN: 
Rissa brevirostris
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10691

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