Species Profile
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Kittlitz's murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris)

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

Listing Status:   

General Information

Kittlitz's Murrelet Winter Adult: Small, chubby seabird (alcid), mottled brown and white overall with paler belly, dark wings and short, dark white-edged tail. Dark bill is short and pointed. Sexes are similar. Winter adult has dark gray upperparts, white face with dark broken eye-ring, dark neck band, and white underparts; white patch on dark wings is sometimes visible on swimming birds and always visible in flight. Juvenile resembles winter adult but has mottled underparts.

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Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
Alaska Region (Region 7)

» Candidate Information

Current Candidate Status

Species Assessment: Species Assessment Form for the Brachyramphus brevirostris.
Candidate Notice of Review Documents (Showing 5 of 10: view all)
Date Citation Page Title
11/21/2012 77 FR 69993 70060 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
10/26/2011 76 FR 66370 66439 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
11/10/2010 75 FR 69222 69294 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions; Proposed Rule
11/09/2009 74 FR 57804 57878 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
12/10/2008 73 FR 75176 75244 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions; Proposed Rule

» Federal Register Documents

Most Recent Federal Register Documents (Showing 5 of 11: view all)
Date Citation Page Title
10/03/2013 78 FR 61763 61801 12-Month Finding on a Petition to List Kittlitz's Murrelet as an Endangered or Threatened Species
11/21/2012 77 FR 69993 70060 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
10/26/2011 76 FR 66370 66439 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
11/10/2010 75 FR 69222 69294 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions; Proposed Rule
11/09/2009 74 FR 57804 57878 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions

» Action Plans

Action Plans (Showing 1 of 1)
Date Title
04/09/2010 Kittlitz's Murrelet Spotlight Species Action Plan

» Recovery

Recovery Plan Information Search

No recovery information is available for the Kittlitz's murrelet.

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Kittlitz's murrelet.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Kittlitz's murrelet

» Petitions

Most Recent Petition Findings (Showing 3 of 3)
Date Citation Page Title Finding
10/03/2013 78 FR 61763 61801 12-Month Finding on a Petition to List Kittlitz's Murrelet as an Endangered or Threatened Species
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Not warranted
  • Notice Candidacy Removal/Reclass, additional pops,individuals,habitat
  • 11/21/2012 77 FR 69993 70060 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Warranted but precluded
  • Notice CNOR
  • 10/26/2011 76 FR 66370 66439 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Warranted but precluded
  • Notice CNOR
  • » Life History

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

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    Last updated: August 30, 2014