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Ancient Murrelet


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Widespread throughout the north Pacific, the Ancient Murrelet nests colonially in burrows or rock crevices. It is the only seabird that raises its young entirely at sea.


  • "Chirrup" call and song of an Ancient Murrelet. Recorded in by Nigel Tucker. Sound and spectrogram courtesy of Macaulay Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
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  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Widely varied vocal repertoire around the nesting colony, consisting mostly of a rhythmic series of chirrups and chips.

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