Aethia – Small auklets

Auklets are among some of the most abundantly observed black and white sea birds

These cute little black and white sea birds love the ocean. They even settle breeding colonies on rocky cliffs facing the water. The parakeet auklet has a yellow-orange bill with white plume feathers extending from the eye, looking like a long eyelash extension. A quail-like crest is seen in crested and whiskered auklets only. The plumage color shows different black hues, with some species having a darker appearance.

Large predators like Norway rats and Arctic fox threatens the existence of auklets. These tiny birds have little to do in their defense unless they’re in the water; probably, that is why they are fond of the ocean.