Temperate Oceans Animals

Black-legged Kittiwake
Black-legged Kittiwake
Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Fish
Order: Charadriiformes: Auks, Waders, Laris
Size: 41 - 46 cm (16 - 18 in)
Family: Laridae: Gulls, Terns Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Rissa tridactyla Habitat: oceanic
Range: North Pacific, North Atlantic Oceans, parts of Arctic Ocean

Size of Black-legged KittiwakeThis kittiwake is much more oceanic in its habits than the Larus gulls and normally comes ashore only to breed. It seldom walks, so its legs are much shorter than those of most gulls, and it has only three toes on each foot. It feeds on fish, small mollusks and crustaceans and also scavenges the waste dumped from fishing boats.  These kittiwakes nest in huge colonies of thousands of birds, normally on high cliffs. A pair builds a nest from plants, seaweed and guano, cementing it to the cliff ledge with mud. The usual clutch is 2 eggs, which are incubated for 23 to 32 days by both parents.

Range of Black-legged Kittiwake
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