Uria – Murres

The robust and hardy birds are efficient swimmers and divers, spending most of their lives in the water

This black and white marine bird looks like a penguin on the land, which floats like a duck in water. These birds are known as murres in North America, guillemots in the UK and turr in Newfoundland.

The heavy-bodied sea bird resembles a loon but has a shorter neck, pointed bill, and slender wings. These medium-sized birds have black or brown colored upperparts with white underparts. The black-colored coat and more temporary thick bill differentiate thick-billed murre from common murre, with a brownish coat with a more prominent beak.

They visit the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean coasts only during the breeding season. The breeding adults have a ‘birdle’ which is a white eyering with a white line.