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Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata

Significant nesting colony on Smith Island (Smith et al. 1997) only breeding site in our four-county area. Adults visit nests under cover of darkness; breeding recorded only at "probable" level due to lack of nocturnal surveys by BBA observers. Washington's largest Rhinoceros Auklet colony, on Protection Island, lies 13 miles south across east end of Strait of Juan de Fuca. Bred historically on Whidbey Island (Richardson 1961). Populations fluctuate markedly for reasons not entirely understood.

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