Seabirds-1 Nov 2011.txt

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Seabirds-1 Nov 2011.txt
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Eastern Pacific Seabird ID
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  1. COOP
    • Long wings, short tail
    • Cap same gray as back
    • M becomes weaker w/ wear
    • Mostly white underwing
    • All white below
    • Flight can be erratic
  2. MOPE
    • Like COPE above
    • Dark gray belly
    • Bold ulnar bar on underwing
    • Fast direct flight
    • Less acrobatic than others
  3. STPE
    • Like COPE but dark hood
    • Narrow wings, long tail
    • White forehead
    • White notch behind eye
    • Short carpal bar
  4. MUPE
    • Like SOSH
    • Inconspicuous M
    • Big head w/ stubby bill
    • Pale chin
    • Pale flash on pp below
    • Wings bent at carpi
  5. HAPE/GAPE
    • Dark above w/ dark hood
    • Mostly white below
    • Long thick black carpal bars
    • HAPE has white forehead
    • GAPE speckled forehead
    • Larger than COPE
  6. GWPE
    • Large, all dark
    • Dark underwing
    • Big head like a fulmar
    • Heavy black bill
    • Powerful flight
  7. CAPE
    • Black head and neck
    • Piebald above (unique)
    • White below
  8. SOPE/PRPE
    • Long wedge-shaped tail
    • Long broad wings
    • Pale wing tip patch below
    • Steadier flight than MUPE
  9. BUPE
    • Dark, slim, long-tailed
    • Pale crescent on upperwing
    • Bat-like flight
    • Like SRTS w/ pale upperwing
  10. South America Breeders
    • STPE
    • GAPE
    • PFSH
    • WRSP
  11. Alaska to Baja Breeders
    • LESP
    • FTSP
    • NOFU
  12. Baja California Breeders
    • BLSP
    • LSTP
  13. California Breeders
    ASSP
  14. New Zealand Breeders
    • MOPE
    • COPE
    • PYPE
    • PRPE
    • BULS
    • FFSH
    • SOSH
    • SRTS
  15. Subantarctic breeders
    WISP
  16. South Pacific Breeders
    • BUPE
    • MUPE
    • HAPE
    • WTSH
  17. BLSP
    • Large, all black
    • Forked tail
    • Deep wingbeats
    • Larger & browner than ASSP
    • Fairly direct flight
  18. LSTP
    • Tiny, all dark
    • Small wedge-shaped tail
    • Looks like all wings, no tail
    • Narrow pointed wings
    • Deep quick wingbeats
  19. LESP
    • Erratic hanging flight
    • Deep wingbeats
    • Forked tail hard to see
    • White rump longer than wide
  20. WISP
    • Flight fast & swallow-like
    • Feet project past tail
    • Square or notched tail
    • White rump wraps to vent
    • Smaller than LESP
    • Wing molt Apr-Aug in Calif
  21. ASSP
    • Med size, dark
    • Forked tail
    • Butterfly-like flight
    • Wings stay below horizontal
    • Pale UW coverts
  22. FTSP
    • Med sized, gray
    • Flight less erratic than LESP
    • Shallow wingbeats
    • Pale upperwing crescents
    • Like REPH/RNPH in basic
  23. WRSP
    • Black w/ broad white rump
    • Flight erratic, bat-like
    • Quick deep wingbeats
    • Heavy black bill
    • Wing angle back at carpi
    • Pale upperwing crescents
    • White rump largest of all
  24. BULS
    • Blue-Gray w/ bold M above
    • Cap & tail darker than back
    • All white underwing
    • Long wedge-shaped tail
    • Leisurely flight
    • Often near shore
  25. GRSH
    • Dark above, no M
    • Clean dark cap
    • Dark underwing edges
    • Dark ulnar bar
    • Narrow white band mid-tail
    • Straight narrow wings
  26. WTSH
    • Like BULS but:
    • Dark underwing border
    • Found at shelf breaks
    • All dark morph
  27. MASH
    • Like BVSH but black above
    • White undertail is key
    • Long body & wings
    • Sharp cap edge
    • White wraps around ears
  28. LISH
    • Dark above like MASH
    • White below like BULS
    • Small and compact
    • White flanks & rump edges
    • White cheeks around dk eye
  29. STSH
    • Like COSH but:
    • Scalloped above
    • Paler head
    • Gray-brown above
  30. COSH
    • Large, heavy bodied
    • Lethargic flight
    • Gray-brown above
    • Indistinct M
    • Thick underwing border
    • Large yellow dk-tipped bill
  31. BRBO
    • Ad: Dark to gray head
    • Dark above
    • White below
    • Dark wingtips
    • Yellow feet & bill
    • Juv: All dark brown
    • +/- pale axillaries
    • Dark belly
  32. BFBO
    • Ad: Pale head, gray bill
    • Dark back, white rump
    • Pale belly & axillaries
    • Mostly dark underwing
    • Juv: Dark above
    • Dark bill
    • White belly
    • Mostly dark underwing
    • Pale tail above, dark below
  33. RFBO
    • Ad: All white w/ black pp, ss
    • Pale gray bill
    • Dark Ad: Brown w/ blk wings
    • Juv: Mostly dark
    • Pale belly
    • All dark underwing
  34. MABO
    • Ad: Like RFBO but tail black
    • Only pp black
    • Juv: Like BRBO juv
    • White collar, only pp blk
    • Pale yellow bill in all
  35. NOFU
    • Heavy and bull-necked
    • Long, sl rounded, wings
    • Yellow bill and feet
    • Shearwater-like flight
    • Duck-like flaps, then glide
    • Wings bowed on glide
    • Pale pp bases sometimes
    • Dark, intermed, light morphs
  36. RBTR
    • White below
    • Black scalloping above
    • Black leading wing edge
    • White tail streamer
    • Rapid parrot-like flaps
  37. SAGU
    • Gray body above
    • Inner wing gray above
    • Black leading wing edge
    • Trailing wing edge white
    • Buoyant tern-like flight
    • Deep wing strokes
    • BLKI has shallower strokes
  38. BOGU
    • Very small
    • White outer wing edge
    • Black ear spot in basic
    • Black bill, orange legs
    • Buoyant flight
    • Rapid wingbeats
    • Juv: Dark brown carpal bar
    • Black tail band
  39. BLKI
    • Light gray above
    • Wing tips dipped in ink
    • Black legs, yellow bill
    • Black smudgy nape in basic
    • Black carpal bar & outer pp
    • Makes a black M pattern
    • Buoyant flight
    • Sharply angled wings
    • Juv: Dark shoulder collar
    • Black tail tip band
  40. COTE v ARTE
    • Darker above
    • Lighter below
    • Dark pp edges
    • Longer bill and neck
    • Dark carpal bar juv & basic
    • Longer legs
    • Both:
    • Bill red, feet orange-red
  41. SPSK
    • Bulky with lumbering flight
    • White pp bases
    • Broad, rounded wings
    • Glides on bowed wings
    • Hunchback look
    • Heavier bill than jaegers
    • Dark and pale morphs
    • No seasonal variation
  42. Murrlets
    • MAMU like XAMU but:
    • White cheek wraps to neck
    • White scapulars
    • MAMU from ANMU by:
    • Longer, thinner, darker bill
    • Larger black shoulder notch
    • White chin & cheek v black
    • Dark underwing
    • CRMU from XAMU by:
    • Brownish black above
    • Dark underwing

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