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Red-legged Kittiwake Rissa brevirostris


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Red-legged Kittiwake
credit: Dean Kildaw

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Laridae, Gulls and Terns view all from this family

Description Adult recalls Black-legged Kittiwake, but has bright red legs. Compared to Black-legged, adult's yellow bill is shorter and gray back and upper wings are darker. Juvenile is similar to juvenile Black-legged, but black bill is shorter and lacks that species' black bar on inner wing.

Dimensions Length: 14-15 1/2" (36-39 cm)

Range Alaska

Discussion Distinctive Bering Sea speciality. Breeds on island seacliffs and winters mainly at sea; easy to see on St. Paul Island, Pribilofs.