Rhinoceros Auklet
Rhinoceros Auklet perched on a floating log. Picture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- Part 2

Can you tell why it’s called RHINO-ceros?

The little horn they grow on the base of their bill appears during mating on both males and females. The function of which is not known but it is probably used for attraction.

Rhinocerous Auklet with a beak full of fish!. Picture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.
Rhinocerous Auklet with a beak full of fish!. Picture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

 

They are found along the North American Coast Line

Their nest are in burrows. Food is mostly delivered to nests at night, this behavior may be an adaptation to keep gulls and other species from stealing its food.


Another bird lesson to come tomorrow!

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