razorbill

noun
ra·​zor·​bill | \ˈrā-zər-ˌbil \

Definition of razorbill 

: a North Atlantic auk (Alca torda) with the plumage black above and white below and a compressed sharp-edged bill

called also razor-billed auk

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But multiple international agencies have designated razorbills as worthy of conservation concern as well. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 24 June 2018 At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, there was one Wilson’s phalarope, two razorbills, one snowy owl, and one hooded warbler. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 19 May 2018 As Mead points out, razorbills are eaten in the Faroes because the population of Atlantic puffins, formerly the region’s delicacy of choice, is now dwindling drastically throughout the North Atlantic. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 24 June 2018 The story of how one of Britain’s biggest seabird colonies, once full of puffins, guillemots and razorbills, went silent this year due to climate change is a devastating read, via the Guardian. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Foreign-born adoptees deported, Strawberry Mansion questions high school plans | Morning Newsletter," 4 June 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 The Látrabjarg cliffs -- On the westernmost tip of Iceland is a 14-kilometer stretch of sea cliffs which are home to millions of birds including puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Kate Springer, CNN, "Turf homes: Inside the grass-topped farmhouses that defined Iceland," 8 Oct. 2017 Murre and razorbill eggs from the island’s cliffs sit next to cookies in the cafe’s bakery case. Cheryl Katz, Smithsonian, "Disappearing Puffins Bring an Icelandic Hunting Tradition Under Scrutiny," 17 Jan. 2017

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1671, in the meaning defined above

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