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- proper n. A taxonomic family within the order Charadriiformes — the auks.
The 22 species that make up Alcidae live exclusively in the Northern Hemisphere.
Alcidae is the name for a family of marine birds that includes murres, razorbills, dovekies, puffins, guillemots, auklets, and murrelets.
Alcidae: Short narrow wings, heavy body, large head, conspicuous feet.
This is the Auk, family _Alcidae_, and must not be confounded with the penguin of the southern hemisphere, although it is described by the early navigators of the Northern Atlantic under that appellation.
Current revision as of 17: 37, 13 December 2009 charadriform birds in the family Alcidae.
Nothing could be better turned than quaeris Alcidae parem? nemo est nisi ipse: (_H. F_.