This small black and white alcid was formerly named "Xantus's Murrelet when it treated as conspecific with the nearly identical Guadalupe Murrelet. It is black above and white below with thin, pointed bill and bright white wing linings when seen in flight. The eye is completely surrounded by black, whereas Guadalupe has white lores and white wrapping up in front and over the top of the eye. Craveri's Murrelet, which is also very similar, has more black extending below the eye and the wing linings are dark gray rather than white.
Length: 25 (cm) Wingspan: 38 (cm)
Spends most of its time at sea, nests in crevices on rocky islands.
Rarely seen from shore. Swims on open ocean a few miles from land, often in pairs; adults visit nests at night. Bill is held pointed slightly upward.
Dives underwater to catch fish.
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