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Common Murre (Uria aalge)
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Common Murre (Uria aalge)

General Description: Common Murre (Uria aalge) are plump seabirds that are the northern hemisphere counterpart to penguins. Adult Common Murre are black overall with a white belly and a long, fairly thin bill. In winter, they get white on the front of the neck. Juveniles resemble winter adults.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Alcidae.

Favored Habitat: Common Murre are birds of the open Pacific Ocean and coastal areas.

Where to Find: Don't look for Common Murre around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them along the Pacific coast of North America from northern California north to Alaska, and also on the Atlantic coast of Canada.

Common Murre (Uria aalge)

Comments: These birds are interesting in that they live on the open ocean, but return to land and nest on rocky cliffs and islands.

Common Murre (Uria aalge) If you were a tasty little fish, this might be the last face you ever see!
Common Murre (Uria aalge)
Developing winter plumage; note white on face and chest
Common Murre (Uria aalge)
Common Murre at a nesting colony
Common Murre (Uria aalge)
Common Murre in flight
Common Murre (Uria aalge)
Common Murre in flight
Common Murre (Uria aalge)
Common Murre nesting colony
Common Murre (Uria aalge)
Standing on a log adrift at sea
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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