Kittlitz's murrelet

The common name of this species commemorates the German zoologist Heinrich von Kittlitz, who first collected this species.

The Kittlitz's murrelet is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

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Kittlitz's Murrelet a Candidate for Endangered Species Act Protection * News Release: (pdf) * Kittlitz's Murrelet Questions and Answers (pdf) * Federal Register (pdf) * An Overview of Murrelet Biology-article updated May 3, 2004 (pdf) * Candidate Form (pdf) * Candidate Form Appendix More

A Kittlitz's Murrelet explodes from the water in Glacier Bay National Park. A Kittlitz's Murrelet explodes from the water. If you think the world has been completely mapped and catalogued, and there is nothing new to discover, consider the Kittlitz More

Kittlitz's murrelets are one of the most secretive and poorly understood of all seabirds. Photo credit: Robb Kaler/USFWS Last updated: October 30, 2008 - Alaska Maritime Home Alaska National Wildlife Refuge Home Alaska Region Home U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Home Page | Department of the Interior | | About the U.S. More

Kittlitz's MurreletBrachyramphus brevirostris Order CHARADRIIFORMES – Family ALCIDAE Issue No. 435 Authors: Day, Robert H., Katherine J. Kuletz, and Debora A. Nigro * Articles * Multimedia * References Courtesy Preview This Introductory article that you are viewing is a courtesy preview of the full life history account of this species. The remaining articles (Distribution, Habitat, Behavior, etc. More

The Kittlitz's Murrelet, (Brachyramphus brevirostris) is a small alcid found in the waters off Alaska and Eastern Siberia. This critically endangered species is, like the closely related Marbled Murrelet, unusual for seabirds in not being colonial, nesting instead in isolated locations on mountain tops, where the nests were known to Native Americans for many years before skeptical ornithologists described and photographed them. More

Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris - Juvenile Kittlitz's Murrelet Photographer : More

Kittlitz's MurreletBrachyramphus brevirostris WatchList 2007 Status: More

is known, however, is that Kittlitz's Murrelets are decreasing at a startling pace. Range & Distribution Within the United States, the Kittlitz's Murrelet is found only in Alaska, where its range is restricted to mountainous coastal areas in the southern and western parts of the state. In southeastern Alaska, this murrelet is most common around Glacier Bay. To the west, it is found across the southern Alaskan coast, and on several of the Aleutian Islands. More

Kittlitz's Murrelet: Breeds on coasts of Bering Sea, Aleutians, and southeastern Alaska; also in Asia. Nests on talus slopes of high mountains; winters on ocean waters and glacier bays. More

The Kittlitz's Murrelet mostly breeds and lives in the coastal areas of Alaska, both on the mainland around Prince William Sound, the Kenai Peninsula, sparsely up the west coast and along the Aleutian Islands. It also nests in Siberia and possibly Wrangel Island. Behaviour - The Kittlitz's Murrelet feeds close to the shore, in particular in the waters around tidewater glaciers. It feeds on larval fish, krill and other small zooplankton. More

Images Kittlitz's murrelet swimming on water One of the rarest breeding seabirds in the North Pacific, Kittlitz’s murrelet is a small and mysterious bird. During the breeding season, the plumage on the upperparts is mottled brown, buff and white, while the underparts are largely white, as are ... More

would be premature to list Kittlitz's murrelets because there is insufficient information to determine that their numbers have decreased so much that their existence is threatened, the requirement for listing under Alaska law. Center for Biological Diversity biologist Shay Wolfe said the decision ignores surveys that have documented heavy declines of 80 to 90 percent of Kittlitz's murrelets in core areas of their range. The decision defies science, reason and the law, she said Friday by phone from San Francisco. More

Kittlitz's Murrelets can be found in Prince William Sound, the Kenai Fjords and on out to the Aleutians. More

water Kittlitz's Murrelet in winter plumage Kittlitz's Murrelet is the least well known seabird of the auk family, and probably the least well known of any bird in America. Kittlitz’s live from southeast Alaska to Siberia, but are common only in a few isolated areas, and the total population may number as few as 20,000 individuals. More

The Kittlitz's murrelet is found only in Alaska and portions of the Russian Far East. A large percentage of the world population, which may number only a few tens of thousands, breed in Prince William Sound. The Kenai Peninsula coast and Kachemak Bay are also important concentration areas for this species. Seventy-two Kittlitz's murrelets were positively identified among the bird carcasses recovered after the oil spill. More

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* States/US Territories in which the Kittlitz's murrelet is known to occur: Alaska * US Counties in which the Kittlitz's murrelet is known to occur: View All * Countries in which the the Kittlitz's murrelet is known to occur: Russia More

The Kittlitz's murrelet feeds on larval fish, krill and small zooplankton close to the shore, particularly in the waters around tidewater glaciers. Activists from the Center claim that the Kittlitz’s murrelet’s dependence on these glacial waters makes it susceptible to any retreating or thinning of glaciers that may be caused by global warming. More

Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Alcidae
Genus : Brachyramphus
Species : brevirostris
Authority : (Vigors, 1829)