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Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Murrelets

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There are six types or species of murrelets seen in the Pacific Ocean and their range is from the waters of Baja California coast to the north of the Bering Sea. These alcid members are the Ancient Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet, Kittlitz's Murrelet, Long-billed Murrelet, Marbled Murrelet and the Xantus's Murrelet. Murrelets are more streamline in looks than the auklets and the different murrelets species body sizes are all quite similar.

Some species of murrelets nest in trees whereas other species of murrelets nest in burrows. Some murrelets can be found hundreds of miles out at sea while other species live within close range of the coast.

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds