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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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Common murres (Uria aalge) and Western grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis) naturally oiled by offshore petroleum seeps at the Ventura and Santa Barbara County coasts in southern California and presented for care at the International Bird Rescue wildlife clinic at LAOBCEC were enrolled in the study.
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Only 35 percent of the island's breeding pairs of common murres produced a chick this year, down from the typical 85 to 90 percent.
Newfoundland and Labrador has 95 percent of the continent's Atlantic puffins, 80 percent of North America's Atlantic murre population, over half of the world's populations of Leech's storm petrels and the most accessible northern gannet colony on the planet.
paradisaea Pontoppidan, arctic I R tern Xema sabini (Sabine), Sabine's I R gull Family Alcidae (auks, murres, and puffins) Brachyramphus perdix (Pallas), I R long-billed murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus I R (Gmelin), ancient murrelet Uria lomvia (Linnaeus), I R thick-billed murre Order Columbiformes (pigeons and doves) Family Columbidae (pigeons and doves) Columba fasciata Say, I R band-tailed pigeon C.
The bird, a common murre (Uria aalge), was one of 1,254 oily fowl found injured or dead along beaches from Point Reyes to Monterey in Northern California, where globs of mystery oil began washing up last winter.
Fishing grounds with names like Murre Ledges, Finnegans, Gravelly, Bulkhead, Crack Grounds, Northeast Bank, Southwest Bank, and Flaggs Bank were first mapped in 1887, and many are still fished today.
Many seabirds are known to be quite sensitive to low frequency sounds in air, and it's a safe bet that diving seabirds such as the common murre are sensitive to underwater LF sound as well.