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Longevity in the Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata and a comparison with other species of Alcidae


1Environment and Climate Change Canada, Wildlife Research Division, 5421 Robertson Rd., Delta, BC V4K 3N2, Canada *(
2Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, 5421 Robertson Rd., Delta, BC V4K 3N2, Canada
3Simon Fraser University, Centre for Wildlife Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences, 8888 University Dr., Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
4Environment and Climate Change Canada, Wildlife Research Division, Institute of Ocean Sciences, 9860 West Saanich Rd., PO Box 6000, Sidney, BC V8L 4B2, Canada
5Wildwing Environmental Research, Box 47, Gold Bridge, BC V0K 1P0, Canada


HIPFNER, J.M., SHERVILL, D., DOMALIK, A.D., BERTRAM, D.F., LEMON, M.J.F., RODWAY, M.S., SMITH, C. & HUDSON, S.A. 2019. Longevity in the Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata and a comparison with other species of Alcidae. Marine Ornithology 47: 225 - 227

Received 18 April 2019, accepted 22 May 2019

Date Published: 2019/10/15
Date Online: 2019/08/26
Key words: banding, body mass, burrow nests, North Pacific, recapture, seabirds, survival


The Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata is an abundant and widely distributed North Pacific seabird. We describe noteworthy longevity records derived from banding operations (1984-1985 and 2008-2018) on several large breeding colonies in British Columbia, Canada. Of note was an individual banded as a nestling on the Lucy Islands in 1985 and recaptured as a breeding adult in 2016, 31 years later. Several other individuals banded in the mid 1980s survived into at least their late 20s. These longevity records for the Rhinoceros Auklet are close to the value predicted by the linear relationship between longevity and log body mass for the 15 species of Alcidae for which data are available.


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