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Uploaded on Saturday 19 Nov 2011 by Peter Prokosch

Kittiwakes, Rissa tridactyla, collecting moss as nest material, Svalbard

Year: 2011
From collection: Arctic Biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Kittiwakes are coastal breeding birds ranging in the North Pacific, North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. They form large, dense, noisy colonies during the summer reproductive period, often sharing habitat with murres. They are the only gull species that are exclusively cliff-nesting. The Black-legged Kittiwake is one of the most numerous of seabirds. Its English name is related to its call, a shrill 'kittee-wa-aaake, kitte-wa-aaake'.
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