Common Murre Uria aalge

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Breeding "Bridled" form

Large black-and-white seabird with a long, thin bill. Breeding birds have an entirely black head. "Bridled" form in the Atlantic region has a white eyering that extends across the side of its face.

Nonbreeding

In water, looks rather ducklike with a long and slender body and bill. Nonbreeding birds have a white throat, chin, and cheek that wraps up behind the eye.

Breeding

At sea often congregates in large rafts. Long-necked seabird with a long, thin bill. In good light appears dark brown and white.

"Bridled" form

Stands upright like a penguin. "Bridled" form in the Atlantic region has a white eyering that extends across the side of its face.

Breeding

Large, black-and-white penguinlike seabird. Breeds in dense colonies on island cliff ledges, slopes, and rocky outcrops.

Breeding

Forages and nests in large groups. Heavy-bodied seabird that flies with rapid wingbeats.

Recommended Citation

Common Murre (Uria aalge), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/commur