Parakeet Auklet Life History


Habitat Oceans

  • Breeds on islands with rock crevices, cliffs, and boulders.
  • Restricted to cliff habitats when foxes are present.
  • Feeds offshore in deep waters, not at upwellings.
  • Winters at sea, far offshore.
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Food Aquatic invertebratesInvertebrates and larval fish.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Burrow

Nest Description

Nests in bare rock crevices or in burrows. No nesting material is added.

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:1 egg
Egg Description:Smooth white, sometimes with a slight blue or green tinge.
Condition at Hatching:Chicks semiprecocial, covered with dense dark down.
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Behavior Surface DiveDives for prey. Uses wings for swimming underwater.Back to top


Conservation Low ConcernThere is little information on population trends of Parakeet Auklet. The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan estimates a continental breeding population of 1 million birds, rates them at least a 6 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score, and lists them as a Species of Low Concern. Parakeet Auklet is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. The species is considered sensitive because of vulnerability to introduced predators and increasing gulls on breeding grounds.Back to top


Jones, Ian L., Nikolai B. Konyukhov, Jeffrey C. Williams and G. Vernon Byrd. 2001. Parakeet Auklet (Aethia psittacula), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Kushlan, J. A., M. J. Steinkamp, K. C. Parsons, J. Capp, M. A. Cruz, M. Coulter, I. Davidson, L. Dickson, N. Edelson, R. Elliott, R. M. Erwin, S. Hatch, S. Kress, R. Milko, S. Miller, K. Mills, R. Paul, R. Phillips, J. E. Saliva, W. Sydeman, J. Trapp, J. Wheeler and K. Wohl (2002). Waterbird conservation for the Americas: The North American waterbird conservation plan, version 1. Washington, DC, USA. 

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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