Whiskered auklet Aethia pygmaea

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate

Adult basic

Similar species:

Only Whiskered and Crested Auklets have a crest over the bill. In alternate plumage, the Whiskered Auklet has three white plumes on the head while the Crested only has one and has a quite smaller bill. In immature plumages where the crest is lacking, the larger size of the Crested Auklet may be the best field mark while in winter bill size and face pattern are also useful. In immature birds, the all dark plumage and smaller bill distinguish it from Tufted Puffins, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Parakeet Auklets.