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Ancient Murrelet

From Opus

Photo by Glenn Bartley
Photo by Glenn Bartley
Synthliboramphus antiquus


[edit] Identification

  • Black head, throat and rear neck
  • Grey back
  • White underparts
  • Short, stubby yellow bill
  • Small rounded black tail

Summer plumage adults have white head streaks.

[edit] Distribution

Nonbreeding plumagePhoto by Glen Tepke Monterey Bay, California, USA, 21 January 2007
Nonbreeding plumage
Photo by Glen Tepke
Monterey Bay, California, USA, 21 January 2007

North America, Central America, Asia
North America: Canada: British Columbia, Quebec. United States: New England, Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Washington
Central America: Mexico: Baja California
Asia: Russia, Siberia, China, Korea

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies[1]

  • S. a. antiquus:
  • S. a. microrhynchos:
  • Komandorskiye Islands; winters to Ryukyu Islands

[edit] Habitat

Open sea.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

The nest is a burrow excavated among tree roots, under logs or in grass tussocks, sometimes in rock crevices. One or two eggs are laid.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes small fish and crustaceans.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  4. Wikipedia

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