Living Bird Magazine
Rhinoceros AukletCerorhinca monocerata
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Alcidae
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.More ID Info
- Alca Unicórnea (Spanish)
- Macareux rhinocéros (French)
- Cool Facts
- Both male and female Rhinoceros Auklets bear a "horn" on the base of the bill. The function of this feature is not known.
- The Rhinoceros Auklet delivers food to its nest site largely by night. This behavior may be an adaptation to keep gulls and other species from stealing its food.
- The oldest recorded Rhinoceros Auklet was at least 28 years, 3 months old. It was banded in 1984 in British Columbia,and found in Oregon in 2010.