Marbled Murrelet

Brachyramphus marmoratus

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Basic Information

Order

Charadriiformes

Family

Alcidae

Size

Marbled Murrelets grow to up to 10 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 10 years

Weight

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) facts, habitat, range, murrelet pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the shorebird.

Diet

Marbled Murrelets eat primarily fish.

Behavior

Surface Dive

Range

Northern Pacific Coast - Alaska

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

1 Egg

Egg Description

Yellow Olive with brown specks

Condition at Hatching

Somewhat active, down covered

Social Status

Pairs, Small Flocks

Wingspan

15.75–16.25 in

What does the Marbled Murrelet look like?

Marbled Murrelets are small shorebirds. Breeding adults have chubby bodies, short bills, pointed tails with brown upper bodies and blotchy brown under bodies. Non-breeding adults are darker with clean white under bodies. Juveniles look similar to non-breeding adults.

Marbled Murrelet Habitat

Oceans

Marbled Murrelet Facts

Marbled Murrelets are stout seabirds of the Pacific. They dive underwater to capture prey when hunting and use their wings to swim. Marbled Murrelets require old growth forests for nesting, generally preferring trees at least 200 years of age. Logging is thought to have decimated its habitat and they are currently on the endangered species list.

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