1199. Synthliborhamphus antiquus

1199. Ancient Auk.
SYNTHLIBORHAMPHUS ANTIQUUS.
Synthliborhamphus antiquus (Gmel.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 554 (1788) ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 1215 ; Ridgway, p. 14 ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvi. p. 596 ; (Seebohm), B. Jap. Emp. p. 276.
Umi-suzumi, Jap.
Male ad. (Alaska). Crown, nape, hind neck, sides of head, chin, throat, sides of lower neck, and flanks black, the nape, sides of lower hind neck and fore back more or less strongly marked with white ; upper parts dark slate-grey ; wings and tail black washed with slate-grey ; under parte, including the sides of the neck, white ; bill whitish grey, brownish black along the culmen and towards the base ; legs and feet bluish white, the joints brownish black ; basal part of webs sooty black ; iris dark brown. Culmen from base of feathers 0.55, wing 5.3, tail 1.9, tarsus 1.05 Sexes alike. In winter the fore neck and throat are white, the chin dark grey, and the stripes on the sides of the head absent.
Hab. North Pacific from Kamchatka to the Commanders Aleutians, Kuriles, and Japan.
In habits not differing from Brachyrhamphus. It breeds in holes in the ground, depositing in June 2 eggs, which are pale yellowish white faintly dotted with pale slate and reddish brown, and measure about 2.41 by 1.47.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1199. Synthliborhamphus antiquus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1199
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
868
Common name: 
Ancient Auk
M_ID: 
4742
M_CN: 
Ancient Murrelet
M_SN: 
Synthliboramphus antiquus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
9972

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