Scripps's Murrelet Synthliboramphus scrippsi



Distinguishing Characteristics

24 - 25.5 cm. 170 g. Bill slender and pointed, black. Area around the eye white, thin and discontinuous. Sides of face and underparts white. Flanks gray. Forehead, crown, nape and upperparts (including wings), blackish gray. Underwings white, gray edgings. Legs gray. Southern individuals (S. hypoleucus hypoleucus) have white on area around the eye, and area between the bill and eyes. Northern individuals (S. hypoleucus scrippsi) have blackish area around the eye with a eye-crescents inconspicuous. Males and females are similar. Juveniles are similar to adults.

Similar Species

Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus), has dark throat, white of face extends until sides of nape, has shorter and pale bill. Craveri┬┤s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus craveri) has more slender bill, back dark brown until the shoulders and sides of chest, underwings dark gray.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Scripps's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus scrippsi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: