April 12, 2017 – Craveri’s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus craveri)

These murrelets are found off the western coast of Mexico and are sometimes seen off the coast of California in the non-breeding season. They eat plankton, including krill and larval fish, usually foraging alone or in pairs, but sometimes forming groups of up to 16 birds. Breeding in small colonies, monogamous pairs build nests in burrows under rocks or near the trunks of large trees. Males and females take turns incubating the eggs. Around two days after the eggs hatch, parents call their chicks toward the sea, feeding them for the first time.


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