The Razorbill


This bird is protected by an international treaty of 1916 signed by Canada and the United States. It is illegal to shoot Razorbills; however, many have been killed during the hunting season. Locals refer to this bird as the “tinker” because it closely resembles the murre or “turr.” Although this bird is rare, it can be seen occasionally at the Puffin Site in Elliston. The Razorbill comes to shore only to breed and spends the majority of its life on the ocean. Razorbills nest in deep rock clefts and lay a single egg on bare rock. The bird was dubbed “Razorbill” because of the beak’s resemblance to an old fashion cut-throat razor.