Living Bird Magazine
Marbled MurreletBrachyramphus marmoratus
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Alcidae
A chunky Pacific seabird, the Marbled Murrelet is unique among alcids (puffin relatives) in nesting high up in large trees in coastal forests. Little-known until the past few decades, it now is thought to be seriously threatened by logging.More ID Info
- Mérgulo Jaspeado Americano (Spanish)
- Guillemot marbré (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Marbled Murrelet usually nests in trees greater than 200 years in age.
- Though the Marbled Murrelet was first described in 1789, a nest site of the species was first discovered and formally documented only in 1974. The egg, however, was known in 1898, when a bird was shot that contained a complete egg in its oviduct.
- The Marbled Murrelet was once known as the "Australian Bumble Bee" by fishermen and as the "fogbird" or "fog lark" by loggers.
- The oldest known Marbled Murrelet was at least 10 years old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in British Columbia.