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Auklet : Cassin's Auklet

Cassin's Auklet

The Cassin's Auklet also known as Ptychoramphus aleuticus sea bird and it is the smallest thick sea bird of this family. It is found in the ranges of the North Pacific.

These sea birds nests in the form of little holes. These sea birds are well known as they are present on the islands in British Columbia and off California and are well studied auks.

This sea bird got its name after a person named John Cassin, who is a naturalist as well as Pennsylvania businessman. This seabird is small in size nearly 25 centimeters long and 200 gram in weight. It is common auk of the family.

It has dark colored plumage at upper side and pale at the below side. It also has a small whitish mark above its eye. The bill of this bird is in general dark and having a pale spot on it. The feet of this seabird are blue in color.

Contrasting with the other sea birds auks, this seabird do not have the remarkable reproduction plumage and it also remains the same for many years. At the sea level this bird is habitually recognized by the flight of this seabird. It is seen just similar to a tennis ball when flying.

This seabird of Auklet family ranges from the midway up the Baja California peninsula towards the Aleutian Islands of Alaska and off North America. The seabird nests mostly on the offshore islands.

This seabird is not recognized as the migratory bird, on the other hand the northern birds may move beyond south in the season of winter. It has extinct family member or ancestor species named Ptychoramphus tenuis.