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1 June 2015 Common Ravens (Corvus corax) Prey on Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) Eggs, Chicks, and Possibly Adults
James L. Hayward, Gordon J. Atkins, Ashley A. Reichert, Shandelle M. Henson
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We observed Common Ravens (Corvus corax) on Protection Island, Washington that used their bills to dig into the nesting burrows of Rhinoceros Auklets (Cerorhinca monocerata) and prey on auklet eggs. In addition, we observed a raven fly away from a burrow with an auklet chick, a raven attack and unsuccessfully attempt to capture an adult auklet, and a raven fly with and feed on a freshly killed adult auklet. Although Common Ravens have been reported to prey on Rhinoceros Auklets’ eggs, to our knowledge this is the first report of a raven preying on a chick and the first report of an attempt by a raven to capture an adult auklet.

© 2015 The Wilson Ornithological Society
James L. Hayward, Gordon J. Atkins, Ashley A. Reichert, and Shandelle M. Henson "Common Ravens (Corvus corax) Prey on Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) Eggs, Chicks, and Possibly Adults," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127(2), 336-339, (1 June 2015). https://doi.org/10.1676/wils-127-02-336-339.1
Received: 8 July 2014; Accepted: 1 November 2014; Published: 1 June 2015
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