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About the Crested Auklet

The Crested Auklet is a seabird and a member of the Auk family, meaning they are related to species like the Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, Xantus's Murrelet, and the extinct Great Auk.

Both male and female Crested Auklets sport a crest of bristle feathers on the top of their heads. The size of the crest varies between individuals.

Crested Auklets are also known for a peculiar citrus-like odor they develop during breeding season.

Crested Auklets eat plankton and fish larvae. They feed by diving under the water in search of their tiny prey.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 24 October 2010
Scientific Name Aethia cristatella
  • Charadriiformes
  • Alcidae
  • Aethia
  • A. cristatella
Birdorable Family Auks
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
9 to 11 inches
Range North America United States (West) Arctic

International Names

  • Alkounek chocholatý (Czech)
  • Toppet Dværgalk (Danish)
  • Kuifalk (Dutch)
  • töyhtökiislanen (Finnish)
  • Starique cristatelle (French)
  • Schopfalk (German)
  • Alca minore crestata (Italian)
  • エトロフウミスズメ (etorofuumisuzume) (Japanese)
  • Toppdvergalke (Norwegian)
  • nurniczek czubaty (Polish)
  • Конюга большая (Russian)
  • Mérgulo Empenachado (Spanish)
  • Tofsalka (Swedish)

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