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, razor-billed auk
a common auk, Alca torda, of the North Atlantic, having a thick laterally compressed bill with white markings



(Alca torda), a bird of the family Alcidae of the order Charadriiformes. Alca is the only genus. The bird’s back and head are blackish-brown, and the belly is white. Body length, 41-48 cm. The bill is high, laterally compressed, and has a white transverse stripe. The razorbill is found in the northern parts of the Atlantic Ocean; in the USSR it lives on the shores of the Barents and White seas, and in isolated cases, on Lake Ladoga. It nests in coastal rocks; both parents sit 35-36 days on the single egg. The diet consists of small fish. Razorbills winter in the sea. They are cautious birds and excellent swimmers and divers.

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Razorbill populations were observed as being unusually large in 2013 (Brinkley 2013) and may have made them more available as prey items for Snowy Owls.
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This included one razorbill diving to a depth of 130m under the sea - a depth greater than Wales' tallest buildings - and that birds were routinely travelling around 40km from their nesting sites.
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All of England's gannets and black guillemots are found in the region, along with virtually all the puffins, Arctic terns, roseate terns, kittiwakes and razorbill.
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