Nests on coastal cliffs, and barren ground, rock ledges, and talus above timberline in coastal mountains, generally near glaciers (AOU 1983), 0.25 to 75 kilometers inland (Piatt et al. 1999). Nests generally on ground on barren scree slopes, short distance below peak or ridge (Day et al. 1983, Day 1995, Piatt et al. 1999). Breeding generally occurs in high elevation alpine areas, with little or no vegetative cover. When present, vegetation is primarily comprised of lichens and mosses (Day et al. 1993).
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Piatt, J. F., N. L. Naslund and T. I. van Pelt. 1999. Discovery of a new Kittlitz’s Murrelet nest: clues to habitat selection and nest-site fidelity. Northwest Nat. 80:8-13.