Crested Auklet

Aethia cristatella

Nesting in large colonies makes great breeding grounds for parasites. Crested auklets produce a citrus-like odor that repels parasites. The theory follows that the stronger the odor, the better physical condition the bird is in, and thus, the better mate it will make.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
lengthLength: 10.5 in
habitatHabitat: Ocean and rocky ledges
dietDiet: Zooplankton