Common Murre Uria aalge Scientific name definitions

David G. Ainley, David N. Nettleship, and Anne E. Storey
Version: 2.0 — Published August 6, 2021


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This species account is dedicated and a tribute to our much missed colleague Harry R. Carter, who joined us to produce the original species account of the Common Murre for The Birds of North America (BNA No. 666, 2002), and whose long-term contributions to seabird science, conservation, and education are outstanding. Harry was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in March 2017 and after a valiant fight to slow its progress, died on 30 April 2017 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. We know he’d applaud our revision and updating of the Uria aalge account for Birds of the World, and instruct us to ‘press on’ with our desire to better understand the species and its conservation and future welfare.

The account is also dedicated to Robert Barrett, Tim Birkhead, Michael Harris, John Piatt, Heather Renner, and Sarah Wanless for leading amazingly productive research on and monitoring of the Common Murre in respective regions, and to the memory of Leslie M. Tuck, who set the standard for all of us.

We gratefully acknowledge everyone who responded to our requests for reprints/pdfs and unpublished information, including as well for the original BNA Common Murre species account published in 2002: R. Bayer, K. Blanchard, M. Bolton, A. Burger, J. Burger, B. Cadiou, P. Capitolo, G. Chapdelaine, J. Chardine, A. Diamond, R. Elliot, M. Fredericksen, M. Harris, S. Hatch, M. Hickson, J. Hodder, D. Irons, J. Jahncke, K. Kuletz, W. Montevecchi, H. Nevins, M. Parker, J. Parrish, J. Piatt, E. Phillips, P. Provost, P. Pyle, H. Renner, G. Robertson, S. Schneider, S. Sealy, S. Stephensen, W. Sydeman, S. Thomas, T. Trapp, D. Varoujean, T. Wahl, S. Wanless, Y. Watanuki, P. Warzybok, S. Wilhelm and T. Zimmerman. In particular, we are grateful to persons who critically read all or parts of the 2002 and current manuscript, and supplied pdfs and unpublished information: T. R. Birkhead, P. Fauchald, and M. P. Harris (all three of whom read the entire recent draft), R. Day, V. Friesen, H. Nevins, and P. Pyle; S. Wilhelm helped with translation of German literature. Thanks to S. Wilhelm and J.-F. Rail, for their generosity in providing us access to their unpublished material for Newfoundland/Labrador and Quebec regions, respectively; and to P. Capitolo, G. McChesney, S. Thomas and J. Parrish for doing likewise for the California Current. Science Editor S. Billerman read the entire draft in detail and provided many queries which by addressing we greatly improved the final version.

We are all grateful to our respective employers for allowing us to use our time on the Common Murre and other marine bird projects. DGA's time to prepare that portion of this review related to oiling was funded by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Council (but in no way represents the view of the EVOS Council); those portions related to diet, at-sea occurrence, and energetics were funded by U.S. GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics; and as such this review, i.e., the original, represents GLOBEC contribution number 206), Point Reyes Bird Observatory, and H.T. Harvey Ecological Consultants (through NSF grant ANT 0944411). DNN gives special thanks to several senior managers of the Canadian Wildlife Service – especially J. Bryant, H. J. Boyd, A. Erskine, J. Inder, A. Keith, A. H. Macpherson, B. Tétrault – for their interest and financial support of the CWS seabird program from its initiation in 1971 to 2000. AES’s research was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Recommended Citation

Ainley, D. G., D. N. Nettleship, and A. E. Storey (2021). Common Murre (Uria aalge), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, P. G. Rodewald, and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.commur.02