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Parakeet Auklet

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About the Parakeet Auklet

Parakeet Auklets are small seabirds that live on the North Pacific Ocean. They are small members of the auk family. They have black upperparts and white underparts. Their short beaks are bright orange and they sport a distinctive white feather that points back from the eye.

Parakeet Auklets feed on small sea animals, including crustaceans and jellyfish. They feed by diving under the water in search of prey. They use their wings to propel and steer in the water.

Parakeet Auklets breed on rocky Pacific islands. Each breeding season a single egg is laid, and the baby fledges alone into the sea at about 35 days after hatching.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 04 December 2010
Scientific Name Aethia psittacula
  • Charadriiformes
  • Alcidae
  • Aethia
  • A. psittacula
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 19 November 2014)
Units: Imperial Metric
10 inches
18 inches
11 ounces
Range East Asia North America United States (West)

International Names

  • alkounek papouškovitý (Czech)
  • Papegøjealk (Danish)
  • Papegaaialk (Dutch)
  • punanokkakiislanen (Finnish)
  • Starique perroquet (French)
  • Rotschnabelalk (German)
  • Alca minore pappagallo (Italian)
  • ウミオウム (umioomu) (Japanese)
  • Papegøyealke (Norwegian)
  • nurniczek krasnodzioby (Polish)
  • Белобрюшка (Russian)
  • Mérgulo Lorito (Spanish)
  • Papegojalka (Swedish)