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Razorbill Decoy


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The decoys in the photo at the top of the page were commissioned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife for use on the Downeast Maine Coast. That set of decoys is cork bodied and ballasted to ride right on the water. (This photo was taken prior to adding their ballast keels.)

Since the price of raw cork has escalated beyond reason, all of our Razorbill decoys are made using wooden bodies. Floaters, of course, have ballast keels; the standing birds have driftwood bases. Both are actually hunting decoys, though no one hunts them. The Razorbill, Alca torda, is on the List of Migratory Bird Species Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act as of December 2, 2013, though much like Herring Gull decoys, they can be used as confidence decoys to lure other birds within range.

To quote the FEASIBILITY STATEMENTS FOR RAZONBILLS prepared by MaryEllen Wickett, "The Razorbill's breeding population in Maine is vulnerable because they nest on only a few islands. There is a need for outreach activities to promote an awareness and understanding of this nesting seabird, including its habitat requirements. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Audubon Society have already made significant contributions to this effort."

The Razorbills in the photo below are decoratives, in resting as well as standing poses. They are also lifesize, and have carved cedar or pine bodies.



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