An Attempt to Determine the Prey of the Great Auk

Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) Science Article 3


The flightless Great Auk (?inguinus impennis), the largest of all Recent Alcidae, was exterminated in 1844 (Greenway 1958), and no one who can properly be called a naturalist ever encountered the bird inlife. As a consequence, virtually no details are known of its behavior or ecology. One of the principal nesting grounds of the Great Auk was on Funk Island, off the northeast coast of Newfoundland.

STORRS L. OLSON, Auk, Vol. 96

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