A small stubby auk (seabird) found in the North Pacific, typically with gray underparts.
- Aethia and three other genera, family Alcidae: several species
- The removal of these predators has benefitted many other bird species on the islands, including puffins, murres, and auklets.
- Crested auklets have a conspicuous black forehead-crest, white auricular plumes, an orange bill with accessory plates, and a citruslike plumage odor.
- However, several unusual attributes of crested auklets, Aethia cristatella, warranted further investigation.
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