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Set B4 - Bird Portraits - card information

46. Razorbill

46. Razorbill

A sea-bird which comes to land only for nesting, when it inhabits the ledges of high cliffs and detached rocks, usually in company with guillemots. A single large egg is laid on the bare rock, and the chick is fed on small fish, which are captured in the sea below. Under water the bird uses its wings to propel it along, the feet being used for steering. By the end of July the razorbills, both young and old, have deserted the cliffs, and will not return to them before March of the, following year, for they spend the winter at sea.