Parakeet Auklet

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 04 December 2010
Scientific Name
Aethia psittacula
  • Charadriiformes
  • Alcidae
  • Aethia
  • A. psittacula
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 19 November 2014)
  • 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
10 inches
18 inches
11 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) alkounek papouškovitý
Danish (Dansk) Papegøjealk
Dutch (Nederlands) Papegaaialk
Finnish (Suomi) punanokkakiislanen
French (Français) Starique perroquet
German (Deutsch) Rotschnabelalk
Italian (Italiano) Alca minore pappagallo
Japanese (日本語) ウミオウム (umioomu)
Norwegian (Norsk) Papegøyealke
Polish (Polski) nurniczek krasnodzioby
Russian (русский язык) Белобрюшка
Spanish (Español) Mérgulo Lorito
Swedish (Svenska) Papegojalka
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