Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)

Taxonomy

Monotypic.
 

Identification

Greg Gillson has prepared an identification guide to Marbled and Long-billed Murrelets which includes a very useful drawing of the different head and neck patterns. For more discussion, see the Long-billed Murrelet page on this site.
 

Where and When

Status is NEAR THREATENED. Occurs along the Pacific coast of North America from the Bering Sea to central California, with the largest breeding populations occurring in southeastern Alaska and northern British Columbia. A range map and detail of the breeding biology and conservation measures can be found on the Sustainable Ecosystems Institute (SEI) homepage.
 

Photographs on the web

Basic-plumaged adult
 

Literature

Gaston, A. J. and Jones, I. L. (1998) The Auks. Bird Families of the World 4. Oxford University Press.

Friesen, V.L., Piatt, J.F., and Baker, A.J. (1996a) Phylogenetic relationships within the Alcidae (Charadriiformes: Aves). Molecular Biology and Evolution. 13: 359-367.

Patten, M.A. (1997) Systematics of the Marbled Murrelets. Birding 29(6): 473-474.

Mlodinow, S.G. (1997) The Long-billed Murrelet (Brachyramphus perdix) in North America. Birding 29(6): 460-475.


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