Threatened seabird successfully breeds using artificial nests for first time
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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