Least Auklet, St. Paul Island

The Littlest Alcid


If Puffins are “flying footballs,” then Least Auklets are “flying golf balls.” The Least Auklet may only be about 6 inches long, but it is feisty and fiercely protective of its chicks. A size comparison shows just how small this species in in comparison to other alcids. In the foreground is a Tufted Puffin, about…