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Marbled Murrelet
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The marbled murrelet is a small seabird that lives in coastal old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest of North America, from mid-California to Alaska. It is listed as a threatened species due to loss of habitat as old-growth forest is logged. Oil spills off the coast and gill-net fishing have also affected this bird adversely. Falcons and owls prey upon the marbled murrelet. Its eggs and chicks are also eaten by predators, including crows and ravens.

Diet: The marbled murrelet is a carnivore (meat-eater). It eats small fish and invertebrates from the sea. It hunts during the day (it is diurnal).

Eggs and Nests: The marbled murrelet is a solitary nester. It nests high in the branches of old-growth trees. (Other murrelets nest in burrows.) Females lay only 1 egg in each clutch (a set of eggs laid at one time).

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