TITLE

Auk

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Auk, a diving seabird related to the puffins, murres, and guillemots. Auks are found in the arctic regions; a few species spend the winter in temperate areas. An auk resembles a penguin, having legs set far back on its body so that it walks almost upright. It is dark brown or black on its upper parts, white or light gray underneath. The males of some species have brightly colored plumes on each side of the head during the breeding season. Auks have knifelike bills, pointed wings, and short tails. They use their wings as well as their webbed feet in swimming. Auks range in height from about 6 to 16 inches (15 to 40 cm).
ACCESSION #
37309822

 

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