Rhinoceros Auklet – Reflections of the Natural World

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Shorebirds and Seabirds of the Central California Coastline— Blog Series Post # 4

From its rocky coastline to the depths of the terrific Monterey Canyon, the Central California shoreline and its overseas waters are home to a varied selection of fascinating birds. Its environment variety and well-known seaside cold-water upwelling currents are the trick to its remarkable bird population. In each post fans will enjoy my premium photos while discovering the nature of these fascinating birds.

A Reflections of the Natural World Blog Post Series by Jim Gain

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WHAT’S IN A NAME

Rhinoceros Auklet– Cerorhinca monocerata
Gr. keras, horn; Gr. monos single; keratos horn

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The Rhinoceros Auklet is a distinct seabird with numerous special physical attributes. It includes a striking look with a robust body, a thick, brilliant orange expense with a horn-like forecast (the rhinoceros-like function) above the eyes throughout the reproducing season. In addition, it has dark gray to blackish plumage on its upperparts and a white underside. Their legs are set far back on their bodies, that makes them outstanding scuba divers and swimmers, well-adapted to their oceanic way of life.

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The Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) is an impressive seabird with an interesting nature. These birds are mainly discovered in the North Pacific Ocean, nesting on rocky islands and cliffs along the coast. They are remarkable scuba divers, utilizing their strong wings to “fly” undersea looking for victim like fish and zooplankton.

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One interesting truth is that Rhinoceros Auklets are understood to dig burrows in the soil or utilize natural cavities for nesting. They frequently nest in nests, and the strong smell from their burrows has actually made them the label “stinkbirds” amongst some observers and scientists. This smell serves a function, hindering prospective predators from entering their nesting websites.

HABITAT MOST LIKELY TO BE ENCOUNTERED

Can be discovered near to coast and in lagoons and bays, however a lot of take place more than a mile from coast.

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