The black-legged kittiwake is very widespread, being found in coastal regions throughout the northern hemisphere. Unlike other gulls, it rarely comes far inland, and it does not feed at landfill sites. Kittiwakes nest on cliffs, even when the rock appears to be perilously smooth. Males lay claim to a nest site and return there year after year.
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Scientific name: Rissa tridactyla
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1