Living Bird Magazine
Thick-billed MurreUria lomvia
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Alcidae
A common bird of the far northern oceans, the Thick-billed Murre is found in Arctic waters all across the globe. It remains up to the limits of pack ice in winter, using its wings to swim underwater to find its fish and invertebrate prey.More ID Info
- Arao de Brünnich (Spanish)
- Guillemot de Brünnich (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Thick-billed Murre is one of the deepest underwater divers of all birds, regularly descending to depths of more than 100 m, and occasionally below 200 m. It can remain submerged for more than three minutes.
- The Thick-billed Murre does not build a nest, but incubating birds often shift pebbles or other debris, sometimes dropping them close to the site. When cemented by feces, these fragments may help to keep the egg from rolling off ledge if it is dislodged.
- The oldest recorded Thick-billed Murre was at least 28 years, 8 months old when it was shot in eastern Canada in 2009. It had been banded in Nunavut in 1982.