kittiwake

[kit-ee-weyk]
noun
either of two small, pearl-gray gulls of the genus Rissa, the black-legged R. tridactyla of the North Atlantic and the red-legged and red-billed R. brevirostris, of the Bering Sea, both nesting on narrow cliff ledges and having a rudimentary hind toe.

Origin:
1655–65; imitative

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kittiwake (ˈkɪtɪˌweɪk)
 
n
either of two oceanic gulls of the genus Rissa, esp R. tridactyla, having a white plumage with pale grey black-tipped wings and a square-cut tail
 
[C17: of imitative origin]

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Kittiwake colony in a narrow ravine with steep cliffs.
Once a fox tags a kittiwake it must go willingly to the fox den.
Visitors will enjoy views of the glacier, interesting geologic features and a large kittiwake rookery.
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