Species Profile
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Marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Alcidae

Listing Status:   

General Information

The marbled murrelet is a small, chubby seabird that has a very short neck. During the breeding season it has dark brown to blackish upperparts and a white belly and throat that are greatly mottled. During the winter the upperparts become grey, dark marks form on the sides of the breast and a white ring develops around the eye. Males and females are similar in appearance and size. Juveniles are similar to the adult winter plumage, but with dusky mottling on the underparts. Vocalisations include a sharp keer' or low kee'.

Map of Species occurrence

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Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
10/01/1992 Pacific Region (Region 1) U.S.A. (CA, OR, WA)

» Federal Register Documents

Most Recent Federal Register Documents (Showing 5 of 34: view all)
Date Citation Page Title
10/05/2011 76 FR 61599 61621 Revised Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet: Final rule.
01/21/2010 75 FR 3424 3434 12-Month Finding on a Petition To Remove the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
02/11/2009 74 FR 6852 6853 Revised Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet - Proposed rule; reopening of public comment period.
12/17/2008 73 FR 76680 76682 Receipt of Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit for the Northern Spotted Owl and the Marbled Murrelet
10/02/2008 73 FR 57314 57317 90-Day Finding on a Petition To Remove the California, Oregon, and Washington Population of the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

» Action Plans

Action Plans (Showing 1 of 1)
Date Title
Marbled murrelet Spotlight Species Action Plan

» Recovery

Recovery Plan Information Search
Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
09/24/1997 Recovery Plan for the Threatened Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) in Washington, Oregon, and California View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents (Showing 3 of 3)
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
10/02/2008 73 FR 57314 57317 90-Day Finding on a Petition To Remove the California, Oregon, and Washington Population of the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
  • Notice 90-day Petition Finding, Substantial
  • 04/21/2003 68 FR 19569 19571 5-Year Review of the Marbled Murrelet and the Northern Spotted Owl
  • Notice 5-year Review
  • 01/22/1997 62 FR 3241 ETWP; Notice of Availability of Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for the Designation of Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet
  • Notice Critical Habitat
  • Notice Doc. Availability
  • Five Year Review
    Date Title
    06/12/2009 2009 Marbled Murrelet 5-Year Review
    09/01/2004 Marbled murrelet 5-year review

    » Critical Habitat

    Current Critical Habitat Documents (Showing 5 of 7: view all)
    Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
    10/05/2011 76 FR 61599 61621 Revised Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet: Final rule. Final Rule Final designated
    07/31/2008 73 FR 44678 44701 Revised Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet: Proposed rule. Proposed Rule Not Required
    03/06/2008 73 FR 12067 12068 Designation of Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)Proposed rule; finding that the revision of critical habitat should not be made. Proposed Rule Not Required
    09/12/2006 71 FR 53838 53951 Designation of Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet Proposed Rule Not Required
    05/24/1996 61 FR 26257 26320 ETWP; Final Designation of Critical Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet Final Rule Not Required

    To learn more about critical habitat please see http://criticalhabitat.fws.gov

    » Conservation Plans

    Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more) (Showing 5 of 15: view all)
    HCP Plan Summaries
    Cedar River Watershed HCP
    City of Tacoma, Tacoma Water HCP
    Coast Range Conifers
    Elliott State Forest, Termination
    Grover Tree Farm
    Safe Harbor Agreements (SHA): (learn more) (Showing 2 of 2)
    SHA Plan Summaries
    Port Blakely (Morton Block) SHA
    Tagshinny Tree Farm

    » Petitions

    Most Recent Petition Findings (Showing 3 of 3)
    Date Citation Page Title Finding
    01/21/2010 75 FR 3424 3434 12-Month Finding on a Petition To Remove the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Not warranted
  • 10/02/2008 73 FR 57314 57317 90-Day Finding on a Petition To Remove the California, Oregon, and Washington Population of the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
  • Notice 90-day Petition Finding, Substantial
  • 10/17/1988 53 FR 40479 Notice of Finding on Petition to List Marbled Murrelet in WA, OR, & CA; 53 FR 40479
  • Notice 90-day Petition Finding, Substantial
  • » Life History

    No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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    Last updated: October 21, 2014