Razorbill skull (Alca torda)
A beautifully cleaned and prepared skull from a Razorbill Alca torda.
The razorbill is a colonial species that only comes ashore to breed. They are a species that pairs for life and have been recorded living up to 41 years. They breed in Northern countries from North America to Western Russia.
This is a very well cleaned and prepared skull although it is missing the quadrate and pterygoid bones. The beak sheaths (rhamphotheca) have been preserved and mounted on the skull.
This skull is from a dead specimen found washed up on a beach.
The skull length is 92mm.