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Vocalizations of the Kittlitz's Murrelet

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Vocalizations of the Kittlitz's Murrelet; 1999; Article; Journal; Condor; Van Pelt, T. I.; Piatt, J. F.; Van Vliet, G. B.

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We present the first documentation of Kittlitz's Murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) vocalizations, based on recordings made in Glacier Bay, Alaska, in 1994. We identified two apparently related types of calls: groan and quack. The Kittlitz's Murrelet calls were markedly different from the most common calls of the congeneric Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus), but shared characteristics with the Marbled Murrelet's less common 'groan' call. Phylogeny, breeding biology, and habitat characteristics may explain relationships between the congeneric vocalizations. More complete knowledge of the Kittlitz's Murrelet vocal repertoire is needed before vocalizations can be either used or discarded in the design of effective programs [...]

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doi http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-outline-3-5.html#identifier doi:10.2307/1370003
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