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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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 Thousands and thousands of kittiwakes, puffins, Arctic terns and more transform Grímsey into a bird nursery bustling under the constant light of the midnight Sun. Cheryl Katz, Smithsonian, "Disappearing Puffins Bring an Icelandic Hunting Tradition Under Scrutiny," 17 Jan. 2017

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1661, in the meaning defined above

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