Crested Auklet

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 October 2010
Scientific Name
Aethia cristatella
  • Charadriiformes
  • Alcidae
  • Aethia
  • A. cristatella
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
9 to 11 inches

International Names

Czech (Cesky) Alkounek chocholatý
Danish (Dansk) Toppet Dværgalk
Dutch (Nederlands) Kuifalk
Finnish (Suomi) töyhtökiislanen
French (Français) Starique cristatelle
German (Deutsch) Schopfalk
Italian (Italiano) Alca minore crestata
Japanese (日本語) エトロフウミスズメ (etorofuumisuzume)
Norwegian (Norsk) Toppdvergalke
Polish (Polski) nurniczek czubaty
Russian (русский язык) Конюга большая
Spanish (Español) Mérgulo Empenachado
Swedish (Svenska) Tofsalka
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