auklet

noun
auk·​let | \ˈȯ-klət \

Definition of auklet 

: any of several small seabirds (especially genera Aethia and Ptychorhamphus) of the alcid family that occur along North Pacific coasts

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Officials recorded deaths of forktail storm petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets and puffins. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska seabird deaths continue trend tied to warming ocean," 11 Aug. 2018 Now free of foxes, Big Koniuji still hosts thousands of auklets in the midsummer breeding season. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Why some birds smell like tangerines, and others smell like lavender," 28 Apr. 2018 Conservationists have long worried about microplastics, the tiny bits that have been found in the stomachs of seabirds, including many petrels, auklets and gulls that live along the California coast. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now three times the size of France," 22 Mar. 2018 Irresistible Scent That summer, Douglas captured dozens of crested auklets on the Shumagin Islands and inserted them, one by one, into a specialized chamber to quantify their scent. Kevin Schafer, National Geographic, "These Birds Make Their Own Citrus-Scented Cologne," 25 May 2018 But Douglas and others have found that crested auklets emit octanal, a compound also found in tangerines. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Why some birds smell like tangerines, and others smell like lavender," 28 Apr. 2018 Since puffins are closely related to auklets, Dunning's curiosity was piqued—and sure enough, his specimen's beak glowed orange. Jamie Dunning, National Geographic, "Puffin Beaks Glow in Surprising Discovery," 27 Apr. 2018 As a bird expert, Dunning was aware that crested auklets, a seabird in the same family as puffins, have fluorescent beaks. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Puffin Beaks Are Fluorescent, and They’re Not the Only Ones," 9 Apr. 2018 Within 30 minutes, seemingly billions of birds— crested and whiskered auklets—were rafting on the sea’s surface until their numbers turned the water black. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Kamchatka, Russia's Adventure Playground," 22 Mar. 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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