Photo: Joe Fuhrman/Vireo

Craveri's Murrelet

Synthliboramphus craveri

Nesting on islands off the west coast of Mexico, this small seabird wanders north irregularly into California's offshore waters in late summer. Its numbers vary, with more seeming to show up in seasons with warmer water temperatures, and in some years not one is found north of the border. In appearance and habits, Craveri's is very similar to Scripps's Murrelet.
Family Auks, Murres, Puffins
Nesting on islands off the west coast of Mexico, this small seabird wanders north irregularly into California's offshore waters in late summer. Its numbers vary, with more seeming to show up in seasons with warmer water temperatures, and in some years not one is found north of the border. In appearance and habits, Craveri's is very similar to Scripps's Murrelet.
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Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
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In breeding season, a trilling whistle heard near the colony at sea.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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