As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Threatened seabird successfully breeds using artificial nests for first time

By Yoko Teshima, 23 Jan 2017 

The Japanese Murrelet Synthliboramphus wumizusume is a small seabird with an equally small range to match; it can be found only in warm current waters close to Japan. The birds’ breeding range is even smaller still, concentrated mainly on the ground of rock reefs or isolated islands from Kanto region and to the west, where they make their nests in the crack of rocks. For the chicks, the stay on these uninhabited islands is a brief one; two days after hatching, the chick abandons the nest for the sea and is fed by its parents off the coast.


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