kit·​ti·​wake | \ ˈki-tē-ˌwāk How to pronounce kittiwake (audio) \

Definition of kittiwake

: either of two cliff-nesting gulls (Rissa tridactyla and R. brevirostris) that winter on the open ocean

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Recent Examples on the Web The spill has killed three kittiwake birds, oiled another and killed a gull, the state reported. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Oily water leak into Port Valdez slows; more than 240 people involved in response," 22 Apr. 2020 Fish-eating murres and kittiwakes, on the other hand, increased in the Chukchi Sea. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Abnormally Warm Years Caused a Sea Change in Coastal Alaska Ecosystems," 26 Feb. 2020 Then on June 30, just as island kittiwake chicks were hatching and bird tourism was nearing its summer peak, a visiting birder made a discovery: The dead rat. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "A rat was found dead on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea. Here’s why that’s a big deal.," 2 July 2019 Here, the northern fur seals number more than half a million strong, and avian species include horned and tufted puffins, red-legged kittiwakes, and crested auklets. National Geographic, "Fun Facts About the Bering and Chukchi Seas," 26 Mar. 2019 Forktail storm petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets and puffins also died. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 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 The islands are also protected habitats for Manx shearwaters, northern fulmar, black-legged kittiwake, razorbill, guillemot, peregrine falcon and storm petrel. Julia Blakely, Smithsonian, "The True History of Luke Skywalker’s Monastic Retreat," 11 Jan. 2018 Also in the mix are some kittiwakes, murres and auklets, the federal agency said. Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch News, "Hundreds of dead birds found on Bering Sea shores," 12 Sep. 2017

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1661, in the meaning defined above

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“Kittiwake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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