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- n. A bird of the family Alcidae, including auks and puffins.
The alcid wing shape, which is small and pointed, is a compromise between features that allow aerial flight and those that are ideal for underwater swimming.
Some smaller alcid species visit breeding colonies only at night, coming and going under the protective cover of twilight or full darkness.
As mentioned above, many alcid species are flexible as to the exact species of prey that they consume.
How an alcid from the Pacific Ocean ended up north Kent, at a nature reserve known as Oare Marshes to be exact, might never be known, but birders, to use a regretfully common description, are "flocking" to see the rarity.
Normally found off eastern Canada and New England, this alcid comes this far south only rarely.
Basically, he's declared a big-time tie between, well, four alcid species (