Chordates •

Thick-billed guillemot

(Uria lomvia)


The thick-billed murre or Brünnich's guillemot (Uria lomvia) is a bird in the auk family (Alcidae).This bird is named after the Danish zoologist Morten Thrane Brünnich.The very deeply black North Pacific subspecies Uria lomvia arra is also called Pallas' murre after its describer.The genus name is from Ancient Greek ouria,a waterbird mentioned by Athenaeus.The species term lomvia is a Swedish word for an auk or diver.The English "guillemot" is from French guillemot probably derived from Guillaume,"William"."Murre" is of uncertain origins,but may imitate the call of the common guillemot.Murres have the highest flight cost,for their body size,of any animal.

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
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