Posts tagged auk

Lunda cirrata [now Fratercula cirrhata] - Tufted Puffin
Like other puffins, tufted puffins have vastly different breeding and winter plumage, along with horny coverings on the bill during the breeding season.
Bulletin de la Societe Zoologique de France. 1879.

Lunda cirrata [now Fratercula cirrhata] - Tufted Puffin

Like other puffins, tufted puffins have vastly different breeding and winter plumage, along with horny coverings on the bill during the breeding season.

Bulletin de la Societe Zoologique de France. 1879.

Fratercula corniculata - The Horned Puffin
The “horns” of the horned puffin are the fleshy protuberances above the eyes. Check out the parts of the face in Fig. 4 (the bill plates on the beak and the horns around the eyes). Those are grown during the breeding season and shed each year.
Bulletin de la Societe Zoologique de France pour l’Annee 1879.

Fratercula corniculata - The Horned Puffin

The “horns” of the horned puffin are the fleshy protuberances above the eyes. Check out the parts of the face in Fig. 4 (the bill plates on the beak and the horns around the eyes). Those are grown during the breeding season and shed each year.

Bulletin de la Societe Zoologique de France pour l’Annee 1879.

Extinct Birds.

One way to go extinct: Be delicious and clumsy. Or, in the case of the dodo, just be extremely easy to catch, and nest on the ground where newly-introduced dogs and rats can easily eat your eggs. Dodos were not particularly tasty, but they had easy-to-cure meat, and were fat.

Top Left: Great Auk

Top Right: Spectacled Cormorant

Bottom: Dodo Bird

Extinct Birds. Hon. Walter Rothschild, 1907

Great Auk.
Humans hunted the great auk for over 100,000 years, and the seafaring Native Americans were especially intertwined with them. 
Unfortunately, they were considered delicious, had very downy feathers all over their huge bodies, and their skins preserved easily. The European populations were extinct long ago. The North American populations were extinct once Europeans populated the continent. The last confirmed Great Auks died in Iceland, in 1844.

Great Auk.

Humans hunted the great auk for over 100,000 years, and the seafaring Native Americans were especially intertwined with them. 

Unfortunately, they were considered delicious, had very downy feathers all over their huge bodies, and their skins preserved easily. The European populations were extinct long ago. The North American populations were extinct once Europeans populated the continent. The last confirmed Great Auks died in Iceland, in 1844.

Birds of New York State. 1919, from N.Y. State Museum.

Birds of New York State. 1919, from N.Y. State Museum.