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Ancient Murrelet

Guillemot à cou blanc

Synthliboramphus antiquus

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of North American Murrelets

B L W W W Family Latin Name
10" 25.4cm 17" 43.2cm 7oz. 198.4g Alcidae Synthliboramphus antiquus

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Distribution: The Ancient Murrelet is a small black and white thrush-sized Pacific alcid. This yellow-billed bird can be seen at some time during the year, from the western tip of the Aleutian Islands to southern California coast. This attractive seabird with its black hood and bib is seen far out at sea. It can be seen at some time during the year along the coast and shores of the Aleutian chain, southern Alaska and northern British Columbia.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

Classic Collection of North American Birds