Black-legged Kittiwake

A small gull with short legs and a notched tail, this species lives on the open sea throughout much of the year, coming ashore to breed on cliffs and on the walls of caves. It feeds on small crustaceans and fish.

• NEST A tightly trampled, drum-shaped nest of mud, grass, and seaweed, placed on a small projection or ledge.

• Distribution Breeds on coasts of Arctic, N. Atlantic, and N. Pacific Oceans. Winters at sea as far south as the tropics.

plain black w ing tips

Juvenile plain gray back and wings bill marked with floating oil while feeding at the sea surface

Famil> Laridak

Species ChUdonias niger

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