Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)

Faith Sees Birds

Marbled Murrelet b13-39-316_V Photo by Rick and Nora Bowers

Identifying Them:

Marbled Murrelets are waterbirds with short, pointed tails and beaks, and dark, grey feet. They are fast-flying birds with short wings and rapid wing-beats (“Marbled Murrelet Species Profile”). They have dull, brown and white feathers and both sexes are about 9.5 – 9.8 inches in length (“Marbled Murrelet Identification”).

Where to Find Them:

These Murrelets are native seabirds that inhabit the Pacific Northwest Coast. You are most likely to find them feeding in the Pacific Ocean, in lakes nearby the coast, or up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) inland, where they travel to nest (“Marbled Murrelet”).

k Marbled Murrelet in Flight

Behavior:

They dive underwater to catch their prey (“Marbled Murrelet Life History”) often traveling in pairs or small clusters (Bird Web).

Nesting and Nestlings:

They nest on a mat of moss and lichen in large, mature conifers, or in some cases…

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