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Auk a Doodle Doo April 16, 2010

Filed under: Animal Kingdom — Amanda @ 3:20 PM

As KoriLearns and I were working on the Wall Street Journal crossword today, a curious clue popped up: “Puffin’s Cousin.”  The answer was only 3 letters, so it couldn’t be penguin.  What could it be??

Auks are birds of the family Alcidae in the order Charadriiformes. They are superficially similar to penguins due to their black-and-white colours, their upright posture and some of their habits.   However, auks have one big advantage over penguins don’t: the ability to fly (though, they are much better swimmers than flyers).


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