Long-billed Murrelet

Distribution:  Kamchatka to the Sea of Okhotsk in the western Pacific Ocean. Winter in the seas around northern Japan with some reaching South Korea and southern Japan.  Vagrants have been reported in North America and Europe.

Description:  Measures about 25 cm in length; slender, black bill; pointed wings.  Plumage varies by season.  Non-breeding birds are generally white below with a black crown, nape, back and wings.  Breeding birds  are mostly brown with pale feather edges giving a scaly appearance. The central underparts are white.

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Long-billed Murrelet

Long-billed Murrelet

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alaska
alberta
arkansas
california
colorado
florida
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
massachusetts
montana
new foundland
new york
north carolina
ohio
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
washington
wyoming
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Habitat
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Color
brown
Body Shape
upright-perching-water
Size
medium
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
auks, murres and puffins - alcidae
Conservation Status
Near Threatened