Rhinoceros Auklet

Cerorhinca monocerata

The status of this species in the Pribilofs is best dealt with in two parts. Prior to 2002 this species was accidental in the Pribilofs, recorded only once in August of 1999. During the summer of 2002, and in evry year since that though a small number (between 2 and 6 birds) have been seen lingering around the seabird cliffs on the south and west sides of the island. Once, in July 2005 one was observed actually standing on the cliffs below Ridge Wall. Good places to look for this species are the bay just north of Southwest Point, the water below Ridge Wall, and around Reef Point. This species is often seen in association with rafts of Tufted Puffins. In flight look for the elongate body, grayish brown body and pale lower belly to separate this species from the darker and plumper Tufted Puffin.