All You Need is Razorbills

Razorbills typically live for 13 years, but one particular Razorbill that was ringed in 1967 was still spotted in the United Kingdom last year, over 41 years later! The same bird has been returning to the same cliff since hippies were wearing flowers in their hair and the Beatles were singing "All You Need Is Love". The old Razorbill was reported by the British Trust for Ornithology last year, along with 11 other record-breaking long-living birds, including a 31-year-old Curlew and a Black-headed Gull that has been flying around parks in Central London for 27 years.

Razorbill on the Farne Islands, UK, by ankehuber

The Razorbill is a beautiful striking bird. It is the 159th Birdorable bird and the answer to this week's spot the Birdorable. Unfortunately we have never seen a Razorbill. Have you?


Jerome on May 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM wrote:
I've seen many of them on the colony of Gjesv
Mark Griffiths on December 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM wrote:
I was surfing in the Gower Horton beach when a razorbill surfaced. From under me swam a bit saw me then flew off what an amazing seabird reminded me if a small penguin
Louise Warner on February 25, 2017 at 9:40 AM wrote:
can i have a Razorbill's bill to cut up some beef turkey???
Spurwing Plover on February 1, 2023 at 10:57 PM wrote:
Shave with a Razorbill just remember the shave creak and hot water
Spurwing Plover on February 15, 2023 at 2:31 AM wrote:
They are the living resemblance to the extinct Great Auk

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