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(Uria), a genus of birds of the suborder Alciformes, order Charadriiformes. The body is 40–48 cm long; the weight, 0.8–1.2 kg. There are two species—the common murre (U. aalge) and the thick-billed murre (U. lomvia). Murres are found in the temperate and polar seas of the northern hemisphere. Their feet are webbed. Murres move awkwardly on land, supported on the metatarsal bone and the toes. Their flight is rapid, and they swim and dive, to 10 m or more, excellently, moving under water with their wings and using their legs as rudders. They nest on sea cliffs in large colonies, appearing at the sites in April and May. One egg is laid directly on the rock. The incubation period is 35 days. Outside the reproductive period, murres keep to the open sea, feeding on small fish, crustaceans, and other marine invertebrates.

In the USSR there are large breeding colonies of murres on the western Murmansk coast, Novaia Zemlia, many Arctic islands, Chukotka, Kamchatka, the Kuril Islands, and Sakhalin. The eggs and the birds are used as food.


Kozlova, E. V. Rzhankoobraznye: Podotriad chistikovye. (Fauna SSSR: Ptitsy, vol. 2., fasc. 3.) Moscow-Leningrad, 1957.


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The winter migrations bring northern European common murres to southern Europe, where they temporarily coexist with the local Spanish common murre.
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Its aim is to repopulate islands off the state of Maine with puffins, murres, and the endangered roseate tern.
I think the destruction and extinction of wildlife would horrify us even if we knew sea otters, murres, and eagles would never benefit us.
Saturday at the Yachats Commons; Suryan will describe results of his research group's study on common murres at Yaquina Head colony near Newport, and findings on dynamics between murre colonies and a growing bald eagle population on the Oregon Coast; no admission charge but $5 donation appreciated to help cover publicity expenses; GoYachats.
Locally, we lose terns, gannets, sea ducks, loons and various species of alcids - small, penguin-like species of northern waters that include puffins, murres and razorbills.
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