Little Auk

Alle alle

Little Auk

Little Auk

Quick Facts


Scientific name:

Alle alle



Conservation status:




17cm to 19cm


40cm to 48cm


140g to 170g

About the Little Auk

The little auk is a small seabird, comparable to the size of a starling. They have white lower parts and black beak and upper parts. The neck and tail are both short.

They fly with extremely quick whirring beats of the wings usually low across the sea.

The little auk breeds in the Arctic and visits the UKs waters in small numbers during the winter months. In the autumn, some birds will enter the North Sea with large numbers sometimes being seen during gales passing offshore.

What does a Little Auk eat?

Their diets mainly consist of plankton, fish and other tiny marine creatures.

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