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Yellow-billed Loon

Iñupiaq Name: Tuullik
Scientific Name: Gavia adamsii


Taken by Kate Stafford

Pacific Loon

Iñupiaq Name: Qaqsrauq, Malġi
Scientific Name: Gavia pacifica


Taken by Penelope Chilton 


Taken by Jerica Aamodt near Point Barrow.

Red-throated Loon

Iñupiaq Name: Qaqsraupiaġruk, Qaqsrauq
Scientific Name: Gavia stellata

Northern Fulmar

Iñupiaq Name: Aivġit nauyaŋat
Scientific Name: Fulmarus glacialis

Short-tailed Shearwater

Iñupiaq Name: Siliaġaq (called "Whalebirds" as they are often found with whales)
Scientific Name: Puffinus tenuirostris


Photo by Craig George

Pomarine Jaegers

Iñupiaq Name: Isuŋŋaġluk, Isuŋŋaaluk
Scientific Name: Stercorarius pomarinus

Taken by Kate Stafford

Parasitic Jaegers

Iñupiaq Name: Miġiaqsaayuk
Scientific Name: Stercorarius parasiticus

Taken by Penelope Chilton

Long-tailed Jaegers

Iñupiaq Name: Isuŋŋaq, Isuŋŋatchiaq
Scientific Name: Stercorarius longicaudus

Photo by Jo Heathcote

Ross' Gull

Iñupiaq Name: 
Scientific Name: Rhodostethia rosea

Taken by Craig George

Glaucous Gull

Iñupiaq Name: Nauyyaq, Nauyaq
Scientific Name: Larus hyperboreus

Taken by Vicki Beaver

Black-legged Kittiwake

Iñupiaq Name: 
Scientific Name: Rissa tridactyla

Taken by Justice Kippi

Sabine's Gull

Iñupiaq Name: Igirraq, Iqirgagiaq, Qargagiaq
Scientific Name: Xema sabini

Sabine's gulls feeding. Taken by Penelope Chilton.

Taken by Penelope Chilton

Ivory Gull

Iñupiaq Name: 
Scientific Name: Pagophila eburnea

Taken by Kalyn MacIntyre

Arctic Tern

Iñupiaq Name: Mitqutaiłaq, Utchutchaakiq
Scientific Name: Sterna paradisaea

Taken by Robert Suydam

Adult Arctic Tern in flight, nest, and chick holding perfectly still. Taken by Leslie Pierce on a barrier island near Point Lay, July 2016

Common Murre

Iñupiaq Name: Akpa, Atpa, Akpaaluuraq
Scientific Name: Uria aalge

Thick-billed Murre

Iñupiaq Name: Akpa
Scientific Name: Uria lomvia

Black Guillemot

Iñupiaq Name: Iŋaġiq
Scientific Name: Cepphus grylle

Taken by George Divoky

Crested Auklets

Iñupiaq Name: Iqsralik
Scientific Name: Aethia cristatella

Horned Puffin

Iñupiaq Name: Qiłaŋŋaq
Scientific Name: Fratercula corniculata

Tufted Puffin

Iñupiaq Name: 
Scientific Name: Fratercula cirrhat

Banner photo: Arctic Terns by Leslie Pierce