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Razorbill

Alca torda ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: ALCIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A large auk of the northern Atlantic Ocean, the Razorbill can be found offshore in winter as far south as New Jersey, and occasionally Virginia.

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Appearance

Gull-like
Gull-like
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Medium-sized waterbird.
  • Black back and head, white underside.
  • Stout, deep, round-tipped bill.
  • Throat white in nonbreeding plumage, with some white on face.

Immature Description

Similar to nonbreeding adult, but with shorter, shallower bill without white lines or grooves.

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Similar Species

  • Common and Thick-billed murres very similar from a distance, but they are more slender, with thinner, more pointed bills, and do not cock their tails up into the air.