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Red legged Kittiwake


Red legged Kittiwake
Habitat

Part of the gull family, this seabird species lives in the northern hemisphere around North America and Canada.

Wild Diet

Feeds on small fish such as lampfish, squid and marine invertebrates

Behaviour

This species nests in colonies on high ledges on vertical sea cliffs. Birds arrive at nesting colonies in April and leave around September, dispersing southwards over the north-east Pacific and east to the Gulf of Alaska.

Breeding

Both sexes build a shallow cup nest of mud, grass and kelp. 1-2 eggs are laid and incubated by both parents who also both care for the young. The eggs are incubated for 23 to 32 days, and the chicks fledge at 38 to 48 days of age.

Threats

Lack of food due to over fishing, habitat disturbance, predation by rats.

Conservation

Classified as vulnerable due to limited population and range.

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Rissa brevirostris
  • Conservation Status: Vulnerable
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