Living Bird Magazine
Common MurreUria aalge
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Alcidae
An abundant, penguin-like bird of the cooler northern oceans, the Common Murre nests along rocky cliffs and spends its winter at sea.More ID Info
- Arao Común (Spanish)
- Guillemot marmette (French)
- Cool Facts
- In the Atlantic, some populations include "bridled" or "ringed" individuals, which have a white eye-ring and a white line extending backward from the eyes. Bridled birds are more common farther north.
- The high degree of variation in color and markings of Common Murre eggs may allow parent murres to recognize their own egg when they return to the colony from time at sea.
- The egg of a Common Murre is so pointed at one end that when placed on a flat surface and pushed, it rolls around in a circle. Such a shape may help keep the egg from rolling off of its nesting shelf.
- The oldest recorded Common Murre was at least 27 years, 1 month old, when it was spotted in the wild in California in 2009; the same state where it had been banded in 1985.