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Razorbill Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Alca torda
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Charadriiformes
  • Range

    North Atlantic Ocean

  • Habitat

    Cliffs and offshore islands

  • Niche

    The razorbill feeds primarily on fish, which it catches by diving into the waters of its north Atlantic habitat.

  • Life History

    Male and female courtship displays include touching bills and following one another in elaborate flight patterns. The species lays its eggs on bare rock, and both parents cooperate in rearing young. Parents can bring up to 20 fish back to the nest at one time to feed chicks.

  • Special Adaptations

    The razorbill's wings are adapted to "flying" underwater as well as above it, enabling it to chase prey beneath the surface.

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