Common Murre

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 12 January 2009
Scientific Name
Uria aalge
  • Charadriiformes
  • Alcidae
  • Uria
  • U. aalge
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
15 to 18 inches
24 to 29 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Trinta-reis-miudo
Czech (Cesky) Alkoun úzkozobý
Danish (Dansk) Lomvie
Dutch (Nederlands) Zeekoet
Finnish (Suomi) Etelänkiisla
French (Français) Guillemot Marmette
German (Deutsch) Trottellumme
Italian (Italiano) Uria Comune
Japanese (日本語) ウミガラス (Umigarasu)
Norwegian (Norsk) Lomvi
Polish (Polski) Nurzyk
Russian (русский язык) Тонкоклювая кайра
Spanish (Español) Arao Común
Swedish (Svenska) Sillgrissla
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