Thick-billed Murre

Uria lomvia

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Auks, Murres and Puffins (Alcidae)

Code 4

TBMU

Code 6

URILOM

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Thick-billed Murre has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States and Canada, Russian Federation, Japan, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and many island nations and territories, this bird prefers neritic, oceanic, or coastal marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 22,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Thick-billed Murre is Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Thick-billed Murre: Medium-sized seabird with black upperparts, head and neck, and white underparts. A thin, white stripe extends from bill to cheek. The bill is short and black. Legs and feet are black. Feeds on fish, marine worms, crustaceans and squid. Strong swift flight low over water.

 

Range and Habitat

Thick-billed Murre: Breeds along the Arctic coast of Alaska and along the Aleutian Islands and also along Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Spends winters south from southern Alaska along the coast of British Columbia and along the Atlantic Coast of Canada to New Jersey; casual to mid-Atlantic states and California, also in Eurasia. Found along rocky coasts.

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Thick-billed Murre SONGS AND CALLS

Thick-billed Murre A1

Laugh call is a descending "RAH-rah-rah-rah".

Thick-billed Murre A2

Deep growling call.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Thick-billed Murre is also known as Brunnich's Guillemot, after the Danish zoologist Morten Thrane Brünnich.
  • The Pacific race is larger than the Atlantic race, especially in bill dimensions.
  • The thick-billed murre can dive to depths of close to 600 feet. It uses its short, stubby wings to "fly" through the water.
  • A group of murres are collectively known as a "bazaar" and a "fragrance" of murres.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X