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Long-billed Murrelet

Brachyramphus perdix

A close relative of the Marbled Murrelet, formerly regarded as belonging to the same species. The Long-billed Murrelet nests along the coast of Siberia, and shows up as a very rare wanderer to the Pacific Coast of North America. Remarkably, it has also occurred very far inland on this continent, with scattered records on lakes in many interior states, from Wyoming to Ohio, and a number of records along the Atlantic Coast south to Florida. No one has been able to explain why a coastal seabird from Siberia would wander so widely across North America.
Family Auks, Murres, Puffins
A close relative of the Marbled Murrelet, formerly regarded as belonging to the same species. The Long-billed Murrelet nests along the coast of Siberia, and shows up as a very rare wanderer to the Pacific Coast of North America. Remarkably, it has also occurred very far inland on this continent, with scattered records on lakes in many interior states, from Wyoming to Ohio, and a number of records along the Atlantic Coast south to Florida. No one has been able to explain why a coastal seabird from Siberia would wander so widely across North America.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
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Call a distinct, incisive keer, higher and noticeably shorter than Marbled.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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