from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several auks of the genus Cepphus, having black plumage with white markings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any seabird belonging to the genera Uria and Cepphus of the auk family Alcidae. They have black and white bodies and are good at swimming and diving.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of several northern sea birds, allied to the auks. They have short legs, placed far back, and are expert divers and swimmers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the genus Uria of Brisson, or of either of the genera Uria and Lomvia of late authors; a murre.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small black or brown speckled auks of northern seas
The guillemot is a diving bird found in the Northern seas, while the penguin may be looked upon as representing the divers of the Southern Ocean.
Birds such as the common murre and pigeon guillemot recovered slightly shortly after the Exxon Valdez spill, then saw their numbers plummet the next decade, she says.
There's a mild climb about half a mile back, guillemot ledge.
Common eiders, thick-billed murre, and black guillemot (Cepphus grylle) are the most commonly harvested seabird species in arctic Canada, and are utilized by indigenous people wherever they are available .
Pigeon guillemot (Cepphus columba) populations began to increase within three to four years following fox removal at Kiska Island and 20-fold increases occurred in guillemot numbers at Niski-Alaid Island within 15 years of fox removal .
The analysis showed that positive population trends occurred at guillemot colonies where SST changes were small, while negative trends occurred where large increases or large decreases in SST occurred.
These results demonstrate that most guillemot colonies perform best when temperatures are approximately stable, suggesting that each colony is adapted to local conditions .
From time to time I smiled at the Swedish guillemot and looked at the two-year-old girl she held in her arms.
She was pretty but far too guillemot-like for my taste, with a long neck and a beak nose, as thin as a rake.
Other numerous species include the yellowbilled diver Gavia adamsii, whooper swan Cygnus cygnus, lesser whitefronted goose Anser erythropus, slatybacked gull Larus Schistisagus, Kamchatka tern Sterna camtschatica, guillemot Uria aalge, thickbilled guillemot Uria lomvia, pigeon guillemot Cepphus columbs, ancient murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus, horned puffin Fratercula Corniculata and tufted puffin Lunda cirrhata.
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