In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- The long Norwegian coast is home to millions of seabirds, including a large number of auks and kittiwakes, which are found in the northern half of the country.
- Perhaps the only exceptions are auks, penguins and other birds which ‘fly’ under water.
- The auks ' ecological niche was similar to the penguins ’, but not the same.
- The great auks, Purcell reports, were ‘hunted for their feathers… and to loosen their plumage the birds were boiled in large cauldrons over fires fed by oil from auks killed before them.’
- Among auk species, female-male differences in parental care are less well known.
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