Contributions to the Natural History of Alaska; Results of Investigations Made Chiefly in the Yukon District and the Aleutian Islands

Contributions to the Natural History of Alaska; Results of Investigations Made Chiefly in the Yukon District and the Aleutian Islands

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...Aleutian chain than elsewhere, and is plentiful on Agattu Island; rare on the other islands of that group, though not resident.. 18. Simorhynchus Cristatellus (Pall.). Crested AuMet. The Crested Auklet was observed on two occasions at Saint Michael's. It is very rare in that immediate vicinity, though it doubtless occurs in other localities near that place. At Bristol Bay and on the northern side of Aliaska I saw numbers of these birds. Among the Aleutian Islands this Auk is extremely abundant. They resort to the outlying islets and rocks away from the larger bodies of land. I failed to obtain their eggs, for the reason that the nest is placed far under huge rocks, or in the deep, inaccessible crevices. This species remains, in few numbers, among the waters surrounding the Aleutian Islands, but in the summer season is greatly more numerous, especially so among the more western islands. The iris is white, feet dusky, bill crimson with a horn-blue tip. The colors of the bill become intensified upon drying. The note of this bird is a peculiar grunt of two or three syllables. It is impossible to represent the sound by any combination of letters. In former years when the Aleuts of one village or island made war on their neighbors the early morning notes of this bird indicated to the people the time of day for making an attack. The Eskimo of Norton Sound use the red processes at the base of the bill of this bird to attach to the fish-lines to attract the fish. 19. Simorhynchus Pygmeus (Gmel.). Whiskered Auklet. See Plate I. Three specimens of this Auklet were obtained at Atkha Island, lnne 12, 1879. Two of them were adult males in the breeding plumage and one in the downy stage. They were brought to me by a native, who had killed them near the base of...show more

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  • 9781236609182