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 Also at First Encounter in Eastham, six Leach’s storm-petrels were tallied, as well as a black-legged kittiwake., 4 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile further south, Will says a major kittiwake die-off is occurring in the Gulf of Alaska, but is unrelated to what’s happening in the Bering Strait region this summer. Davis Hovey, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2021 The spill has killed three kittiwake birds, oiled another and killed a gull, the state reported. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Apr. 2020 Fish-eating murres and kittiwakes, on the other hand, increased in the Chukchi Sea. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 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, 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, 26 Mar. 2019 Forktail storm petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets and puffins also died. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, 16 Apr. 2019 Officials recorded deaths of forktail storm petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets and puffins. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, 11 Aug. 2018

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1661, in the meaning defined above

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“Kittiwake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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