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About the Common Murre

Also known as: Common Guillemot, Thin-billed Murre

The Common Murre or Common Guillemot is a large auk that can be found in low-Arctic waters in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. It only comes to land to breed on rocky cliffs or islands and spends the rest of its life out at sea.

Murres breed in large, densely-packed colonies that are called loomeries, where they lay a single egg on bare rock. Up to twenty pairs can occupy one square meter at peak season.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 12 January 2009
Scientific Name Uria aalge
  • Charadriiformes
  • Alcidae
  • Uria
  • U. aalge
Birdorable Family Auks
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
15 to 18 inches
24 to 29 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Africa North America Central America United States (West) United States (East) Arctic

International Names

  • Trinta-reis-miudo (Brazilian)
  • Alkoun úzkozobý (Czech)
  • Lomvie (Danish)
  • Zeekoet (Dutch)
  • Etelänkiisla (Finnish)
  • Guillemot Marmette (French)
  • Trottellumme (German)
  • Uria Comune (Italian)
  • ウミガラス (Umigarasu) (Japanese)
  • Lomvi (Norwegian)
  • Nurzyk (Polish)
  • Тонкоклювая кайра (Russian)
  • Arao Común (Spanish)
  • Sillgrissla (Swedish)

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