black-legged kittiwake

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noun \ ˈblak-ˈlegd- , -ˈlāgd- ; -ˈle-gəd- , -ˈlā-gəd- \

Definition of black-legged kittiwake

:a kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) that nests along northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and is largely pure white with pale gray mantling and black wing tips and feet
  • Here and there are grottoes with hundreds of black-legged kittiwakes screaming and flying about.
  • —Alvah W. SanbornBird Watcher's DigestJuly/August 1994
  • The cacophony of black-legged kittiwake chatter was so loud we had to yell to each other, just an arm's length away, to be heard.
  • —Melissa DeVaughnAnchorage Daily News17 June 2007
Note: The black-legged kittiwake has two subspecies: one (Rissa tridactyla tridactyla) of the North Atlantic having the hind toe short or rudimentary and one (R. t. pollicaris) of the North Pacific having a fully developed hind toe.
— compare red-legged kittiwake

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First Known Use of black-legged kittiwake

1903


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