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Uria lomvia (Thick-billed Murre)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The thick-billed murre or Brünnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) is a bird in the auk family (Alcidae). This bird is named after the Danish zoologist Morten Thrane Brünnich. The very deeply black North Pacific subspecies Uria lomvia arra is also called Pallas' murre after its describer. The genus name is from Ancient Greek ouria, a waterbird mentioned by Athenaeus. The species term lomvia is a Swedish word for an auk or diver. The English "guillemot" is from French guillemot probably derived from Guillaume, "William". "Murre" is of uncertain origins, but may imitate the call of the common guillemot.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 8.31286
EDGE Score: 2.2314


Adult Weight [1]  2.125 lbs (964 g)
Birth Weight [1]  70 grams
Breeding Habitat [2]  Coastal cliffs and islands, Coastal marine
Wintering Geography [2]  Coastal U.S./Canada
Wintering Habitat [2]  Coastal marine
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Piscivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fish [3]  70 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  20 %
Diet - Plants [3]  10 %
Forages - Underwater [3]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  5 years 1 month
Male Maturity [1]  5 years 8 months
Clutch Size [1]  1
Clutches / Year [1]  1
Global Population (2017 est.) [2]  15,000,000
Incubation [1]  33 days
Maximum Longevity [1]  29 years
Migration [4]  Intercontinental
Wing Span [5]  29 inches (.727 m)


Protected Areas

Important Bird Areas

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap



Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
North Carolina Zoological Park

Range Map


North America;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
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Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
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