The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season. More on reading these maps.
Despite its name, this quirky seabird may be more closely related to puffins than to other species that go by the name of “auklet.” Like puffins, the Rhinoceros Auklet nests in colonies, feeds at sea, and is generally a bird of cold oceans. Audubon's climate model forecasts almost no change in the total acreage of climatically suitable wintering grounds. The distribution of suitable climate may migrate considerably, however, with well over half the current range predicted to shift—mainly northward along the coast. While the Rhinoceros Auklet itself is capable of substantial dispersal, the bigger question is whether its pelagic prey (fish, crustaceans, and cephalopods) will be able to adapt.