Long-billed Murrelet

      Brachyramphus perdix

      Information

      The Long-billed Murrelet, which is limited to the North Pacific, is among the least known auks and shows a distinct decline in population. It is unusual for auks to breed singly on trees of old-growth conifer forests. The confirmed sighting of one such species on Lake Zurich in 1997 - the very first sighting in Europe - is one of the unusual ornithological events of the 20th century.

      Status (in CH)
      vagrant

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      -
      Migration behaviour
      short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal and nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      24-26
      Weight (g)
      225-300
      Nest site
      trees
      Food
      crustaceans, fish
      Group
      Auks
      Habitat
      lakes