Definition of murrelet in English:



  • A small North Pacific auk (seabird), typically having a gray back and white underparts.

    Genera Brachyramphus and Synthliboramphus, family Alcidae: six species

    ‘West of the crest of the Cascade Range, the area is habitat for bald eagles, marbled murrelets, spotted owls, cougars, lynx, salmon, and steelhead, which thrive among mature and second-growth forests of cedar and Douglas fir.’
    • ‘ESA-listed birds in Washington marine waters are the marbled murrelet, bald eagle, brown pelican, short-tailed albatross, and western snowy plover.’
    • ‘The marbled murrelet, a threatened seabird species, nests primarily in old-growth trees up to 75 kilometers from the coast.’
    • ‘A decade ago, northern spotted owls and marbled murrelets were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act - important listings that helped bring logging on federal forests to a virtual standstill.’
    • ‘For each option, the report weighed the effects on timber production and jobs and the viability of several old-growth species, including the owl, the marbled murrelet, salmon, and other fish species.’
    • ‘Rat predation had reduced one of the largest breeding colonies of Xantus murrelets to just a few pairs, earning the seabird a potential spot on the federal Endangered Species List.’
    • ‘Despite that inshore foraging habit, murrelets have been likened to alcids that forage off - shore due to distance they travel between nest sites and feeding areas.’
    • ‘The Tongass supports brown bear, wolverine, northern goshawk, marbled murrelet, marten, Sitka black-tailed deer, the Alexander Archipelago wolf, and healthy runs of five salmon species.’
    • ‘The marbled murrelet, a bird about the size of a robin, is the only seabird to nest in old growth forest.’
    • ‘Nests in the Bunster Range are within 5 km of marine areas, and have the highest nest-visitation rates yet reported for murrelets, which is thought to be linked to proximity of foraging areas.’
    • ‘Both Kittlitz's and Marbled murrelets exhibited widely variable niche widths, depending on habitat variable or site.’
    • ‘Identification of potentially suitable habitat, surveys for presence, and direct protection measures are generally combined in some fashion to avoid taking murrelets.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, not enough museum material is presently available to test whether pupil sizes or any other optical characteristics of the two species of murrelets studied here differ.’
    • ‘Affinities of both Kittlitz's and Marbled murrelets for particular water clarity and habitat types seen here reflect differences in foraging preferences.’
    • ‘His essay on the desultory efforts made to protect the murrelet and its nesting grounds in oldgrowth forests is particularly acute.’
    • ‘If the murrelet is rebounding, it's because the park service wiped out native predators.’
    • ‘The null hypothesis was that habitat and other variables could not be used to predict the identity of a murrelet group.’
    • ‘The murrelet population was threatened by the rats who would eat the murrelet eggs.’
    • ‘The combination of owl, murrelet, and riparian protection will eventually provide at least 520,000 acres of mature forest habitat.’
    • ‘Their results suggest that changes in amount or distribution of nesting habitat should result in detectable changes in murrelet numbers for individual drainages.’



/ˈmərlit/ /ˈmərlɪt/