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Guadalupe Murrelet

Synthliboramphus hypoleucus

This small seabird nests on islands off the west coast of Baja, and rarely wanders north into California waters. It was formerly combined with Scripps’s Murrelet under the name Xantus’s Murrelet. These two are very similar in appearance as well as in habits, but the Guadalupe Murrelet has more white extending up onto the face, around the eye. 
Family Auks, Murres, Puffins
This small seabird nests on islands off the west coast of Baja, and rarely wanders north into California waters. It was formerly combined with Scripps’s Murrelet under the name Xantus’s Murrelet. These two are very similar in appearance as well as in habits, but the Guadalupe Murrelet has more white extending up onto the face, around the eye. 
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