Black-legged Kittiwake - Rissa tridactyla

Length 1.2-1.3 ft (38.0-40.0 cm)
Wingspan 3.0-3.2 ft (91.0-97.0 cm)
Weight 10.8-18.1 oz (305-512 g)
Clutch Size 1-3
Chicks at birth Semi-precocial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern
Continents:NA, EU, AF, AS

The Black-legged Kittiwake is a seabird in the gull family. In North America, they breed on both coasts: the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering and Chukchi seas. They migrate south along the coasts during winter. They are surface-feeders and fish is their primary diet. They will also eat waste from sea-going ships.

I was lucky to see them breeding on a glacier cruise ship out of Seward, Alaska. I recommend such a trip.

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