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Atkan Birds

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Philacte canagica

Qagmangi{ - Philacte canagica

Qagmangi{ sas malganangis ilagaan angunaza{. Qan'gim aslaan uhlii uku}azas. Chugum hadan al sluqadagumdix, qan'gi{ masxal aguun, chugum hadan txin kdaqaliguun, asla qakungis alaka}is mal udaanul udakus tan}is ilan al qanagzakus.

Qagmangi{ uku}al aguun, hawakus qagmangim anangis kamgingis quhmadigakus uku}azas, ama husigan sitxagaan uyugan kaduu}ii akiita{ qaxhikdaza{, hachii ama atxulii quuhmliigiku{, hakangis chutxingis qaxchikdazas. Hagumatakus kitangis kanuuya{ angali{tana{ liidazas. Qagmangim hlangis hiila{tanangis anadix liidakus chuqudanaa{tazas. Aadahliikakus kamgigan angalingis qaxchikdana{ liidazas. Kitangis ila{tangis kanuuya{ angali{tana{ liidakus amayaknana{ liidaa}utazas.

Udang al qanagigudix hawakus ala}um achidan qahngungis ama iklus qa{tal an}a}izas. Qan'gim aslaan agu}i{ amgaan agach a}a{tazaku{ mal, qal amagnas agumdix chi}anakuchas hnu{tal taangazakus. Hagumal agungis, an}a}inas tugida}il aguu taanganisazakungis.

Udang al qanagnas agumdix qanikinga masxal aguun txidix ixchilaqalizakus. Udang al txidix sadaxs anas mal txidix chugaanuqalizas. Hagumatakus chugum hadan agach saahmla}izas. Qankus asxuunulax qamchiing saahmla{tazas. Saahmlangis quhmazas, ama isxangis chungu}izas. Chugum hadan an}a}inangis agatingis slum aslaan qagmangis saahmla}igungis saahmlangis la{tal qazas hiila{tazas.

 

Emperor Goose - Philacte canagica

The emperor goose is among the larger birds seen in Atka. They are seen only in winter. They spend the summers up north and return to the Aleutians during the winters. The reason why they migrate to the Aleutians is because when it freezes up north, they have nothing to eat. Therefore, they search for open water where they find food.

The emperor goose adults have heads that are white. It is black below its jaw to its front. The back and belly is grayish in color. Their feet are yellowish orange in color. The immature geese are exactly the same coloring except they are smaller in size. Their heads are also full of black spots. The feet on the immature ones are kind of faded as opposed to the bright ones of the adults.

When the emperor geese spend their winters here in the Aleutians, they feed on seaweeds when it is low tide at night. After they feed, they go to drink water in small streams. When they drink water in the streams, the men hunt them. When the moon is out, the hunters wait for the geese where they go to drink water. As soon as the geese land to drink water, the men shoot them.

The geese stay here until spring, then they head back north. They are very fat when they head back north because of all the food they eat during the winters in here in the Aleutians.

The emperor geese nest up north. After heading back north, they lay from three to eight eggs that are whitish in color. I have heard that the people up north gather goose eggs for food during the summer.

Qigu{ - Gavia immer
Common Loon
Qaqa}i{ - Gavia stellata
Red-throated Loon
Aagayuu}i{ - Phalacrocorax pelagicus
Pelagic Cormorant
Ingatu{ - Phalacrocorax urile
Red-faced Cormorant
Qukin}i{ - Olor columbianus
Whistling Swan
Qagmangi{ - Philacte canagica
Emperor Goose
Aa}i{ - Anas platyrhynchos
Mallard
Amtatu{ - Anas acuta
Pintail
Qii{chiida{ - Anas crecca
Green-winged Teal
Kuchutu{ - Aythya affinis
Lesser Scaup
Saaku{ - Somateria spectabilis
King Eider
Kasami{ - Somateria mollissima
Common Eider
Tamgaalu{ - Melanitta deglandi
White-winged Scoter
Qugaangi{ - Melanitta nigra
Black Scoter
Hanim Kamgituu - Bucephala clangula
Common Goldeneye
Midimit{i{ - Becephala albeola
Bufflehead
Aanglaa}i{ - Clangula hyemalis
Oldsquaw
Kaaxadgi{ - Histrionicus histrionicus
Harlequin Duck
A}laaya{ - Mergus serrator
Red-breasted Merganser
Ti}la{ - Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Bald Eagle
A}diikas - Lagopus mutus
Rock Ptarmigan
Hiigi{ - Haematopus bachmani
Black Oystercatcher
Chulixta{ - Calidris ptilocnemis
Rock Sandpiper
Sluka{ - Larus glaucescens
Glaucous-wing Gull
Tiigilgaada{ - Rissa tridactyla
Black-legged Kittiwake
Ulungt{a{ - Uria aalge
Common Murre
Siihmlu{ - Cepphus columba
Pigeon Guillemot
Qizangi{ - Synthliboramphus antiguus
Ancient Murrelet
Qagida{ - Fratercula corniculata
Horned Puffin
Uxchu{ - Lunta cirrhata
Tufted Puffin
Tutuutu{ - Nyctea scandiaca
Snowy Owl
Qanglaa}i{ - Corvus corax
Common Raven
Maadugaa{ - Plectrophenax nivalis
Snow Bunting
Chaanu{ - Leucosticte tephrocotis
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
Chiixuyaaka{ - Melospiza melodia
Song Sparrow
Chilu{ - Calcarius lapponicus
Alaska Longspur
Qatxaya{ - Troglodytes troglodytes
Winter Wren

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