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murre

(mör), common name for a group of diving birds of the same family as the aukauk
, common name for a member of the family Alcidae (alcid family), swimming and diving birds of the N Atlantic and Pacific, which includes the guillemots and puffins. Their legs are set far back on their bodies, making them clumsy on land, where they seldom venture except to
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 and the puffinpuffin,
common name for a diving bird of the family Alcidae (auk family). Its large, triangular bill, brilliantly colored in yellow, blue, and vermilion, is adapted to carrying several fish at one time; it also gives the puffin its alternate name of sea parrot.
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 (family Alcidae) and including the guillemots. There are three species of murres, all about 18 in. (45 cm) long, brownish black above and white below. The common murre, Uria aalge, and the Brunnich's murre are found in the North Atlantic; the California murre is found in the Pacific. Murres are among the largest of the living members of the family. The smaller guillemots are also called sea pigeons. Murres eat small fish and crustaceans and lay their hard-shelled, pear-shaped eggs on bare rock. Murres return to the same breeding sites year after year. Both male and female incubate the single egg laid per season. Murres are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Charadriiformes, family Alcidae.
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Graphic materials were used, including a common murre draw and a map showing past and current stock distributions in Galicia.
Observers on salmon boats in 1994 saw only one murrelet entangled but recorded 3,500 other birds snared, mostly common murres and rhinoceros auklets.
And the cliffs are dotted with gulls, cormorants, and murres.
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Yaquina Head's murre population has boomed in recent years, from 12,000 in the late 1980s to about 50,000 today.
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Best bets: Common murre chicks will be jumping from the rocks where they were hatched into the ocean to join male murres during the last week in July and first week in August.
Repertoire, structure, and individual distinctiveness of Thick-billed Murre calls.
An example: the common murre, a sea bird the population of which has seen a startling 76 percent decline.
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