Alcid is from the Latin name for the Auk family, Alcidae. The two alcids shown here are from the North Atlantic, and neither occurs in the Pacific. One of course is the Common Puffin, the other, just a few individuals, is the Razorbill, which looks like it’s wearing a tuxedo. Alcids can be viewed as the “Northern Penguins,” and indeed one alcid, the Great Auk, was huge (3 ft. hight) black & white and flightless and so must have resembled the King Penguin. Sadly, the Great Auk was eaten by early sailors to extinction. But I digress. The landscape in this painting looks more like Alaska but was in fact taken from a shot my father-in-law Bob Scholes took in the 60s on the Shetland Islands between Scotland and Norway. The limited edition print of Alcid Hangout is still available, see larger prints.
Alcid is from the Latin name for the Auk family, Alcidae.