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Present status of Razorbills Alca torda in Russia: occurrence, population and migrations


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ALEXANDER E. CHERENKOV1, SERGEI A. KOUZOV2, VLADIMIR Y. SEMASHKO3, GRIGORI M. TERTITSKI4 & EVGENY V. SEMASHKO5

1Lomonosov Moscow State University, Solovetskiy Branch of White Sea Biological Station, Zaozernaya str. 17-1-6, Solovetskiy, Arkhangelsk district, 164409, Russia
2Faculty of Biology and Soil Science, St. Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya 7/9, St. Petersburg, 199034, Russia
3Field Educational Centre “Ecosystem”, Petrozavodskaya str. 28-3-115, Moscow, Russia
4Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 29, Staromonetny, Moscow, 119017, Russia (tertitski@igras.ru)
5Festivalnaya str. 22-8-110, Moscow, Russia


Received 13 March 2016, accepted 18 May 2016

Date Pubished: 2016/10/15
Date Online: 2017/02/28


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CHERENKOV, A.E., KOUZOV, S.A., SEMASHKO, V.Y., TERTITSKI, G.M. & SEMASHKO, E.V. 2016. Present status of Razorbills Alca torda in Russia: occurrence, population and migrations. Marine Ornithology 44: 207-213.


Key words: Alca torda, Barents Sea, Gulf of Finland, migrations, population overlap, Razorbill, White Sea


Abstract

Within the boundaries of Russia, Razorbills Alca torda breed on islands along the northeastern coast of the Kola Peninsula, on islands in the Kandalaksha and Onega bays in the White Sea, and, since the early 1990s, along the Russian coast of the Gulf of Finland. Currently, among these sites, 4 000–4 300 breeding pairs occur, or 6% of the total number of the A. t. torda subspecies. Over 80% of the Russian Razorbill population breeds on islands in Onega Bay, where the species' population has been increasing during the last 20 years. Data from ringing indicate that Razorbills breeding on islands in the Barents and White seas have wintering sites along the coasts of Norway, Denmark and Great Britain, indicating possible exchange among these breeding populations. 


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