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Rhinoceros Auklet


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Rhinoceros Auklet Photo

Named for the vertical white plate at the base of its bill, the Rhinoceros Auklet is a bird of the coastlines and open seas of the north Pacific. The only member of its genus, it is closely related to puffins.

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Adult Description

Medium-sized, stocky waterbird. All dark gray, except for white belly. Breeding adult has vertical white projection at base of orange bill, and two thin white plumes on face.

Immature Description

Similar to non-breeding adult, with dusky bill and a reduced "horn."

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  • Nonbreeding adult

    Rhinoceros Auklet

    Nonbreeding adult
    • © Hawkperson, Monterey Bay, California, September 2013
  • Breeding adult

    Rhinoceros Auklet

    Breeding adult
    • © Cdbtx, San Juan Islands, Washington, July 2008
  • Nonbreeding adult

    Rhinoceros Auklet

    Nonbreeding adult
    • © Penny Hall, British Columbia, Canada, November 2011

Similar Species

  • Tufted Puffin and Horned Puffin are heavier, with much larger bills.
  • Other auklets are smaller, with shorter bills.
  • Murres have white throats, bellies, and flanks.