Rissa tridactyla, commonly known as the black-legged kittiwake, is a medium-sized seabird with a white body, black wings, and a yellow bill. It has a wingspan of approximately 1.2 meters and a lifespan of up to 25 years. It is found in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, typically nesting on coastal cliffs. Its current population is estimated to be around 1.5 million individuals.
Name Origin: Rissa tridactyla, commonly known as the black-legged kittiwake, is a seabird species in the gull family Laridae. The genus name Rissa is derived from the Icelandic word risi, which means "gull". The species name tridactyla is derived from the Greek words tri, meaning "three", and daktylos, meaning "finger" or "toe", referring to the three toes on each foot of the bird.
Related Species: Larus argentatus, Larus fuscus, Larus marinus, Larus ridibundus, Larus canus