any of several small, chunky diving birds of the family Alcidae, of North Pacific coasts.

1870–75, Americanism; murre + -let Unabridged
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murrelet (ˈmɜːlɪt)
any of several small diving birds of the genus Brachyramphus and related genera, similar and related to the auks: family Alcidae, order Charadriiformes
[C19: from murre + -let]

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any of six species of small diving birds belonging to the auk family, Alcidae (order Charadriiformes). Murrelets are about 20 cm (8 inches) long, thin billed and, in winter, plain plumaged. They are sometimes called sea sparrows, as are auklets. In some species the young go to sea when only two days old. Their webbed feet are nearly full sized at hatching

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Murrelet chicks are virtually helpless at hatching and rely on the adults for food.
Murrelet reproductive success is strongly correlated with the abundance of mid-trophic-level prey.
Such sales will not include known occupied marbled murrelet sites or unsurveyed, suitable marbled murrelet habitat.
Normally feeding on seeds and nuts, jays also prey on the endangered marbled murrelet and their chicks.
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