Nests among talus slopes, scree, and rubble in rock crevice, cliff rubble, or in a burrow at the foot of cliffs or coastal mountains or on rocky outcrops surrounded by glaciers (Norderhaug et al. 1977, Roby et al. 1981, Harris and Birkhead 1985, Boertmann 1994, Stempniewicz 1995, Boertmann and Mosbech 1998). Prefers areas of early snowmelt, sheltered from high winds. Nests usually on coast but locally inland in some areas.
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