Brünnich’s Guillemot Uria lomvia   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Charadriiformes Family: Alcidae
BTO Codes: TZ, BRUGU EURING No: 6350
Number in Britain: 1 record/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: 3 Concern, most not in Europe; Vulnerable
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: ?lomvia recorded in Britain (of 4 subsp. in the world)
Length: 41 cm Wingspan: 69 cm Weight: M/F: 930 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: ouriaa waterbird mentioned by Athenaeus and Swedish: lomvia=auk or diver
World Distribution: BREEDS: Greenland, Iceland, n Russia, n North America, WINTERS: at sea in n Atlantic & n Pacific Oceans
Habitat: Coastal cliffs, otherwise pelagic
Diet: Fish, some invertebrates
TitBit: This is one of the deepest underwater divers of all birds, regularly descending to depths of more than 100 m, and occasionally below 200 m; it can remain submerged for more than three minutes.  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Lothian, 1908 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 36 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: October to April
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Argyll (1969), Highland (1996), Lothian (1994), Northeast (2007), Outer Hebrides (1992), Orkney (2001), Shetland (2007),
   North-east England: Northumberland (1977),
   North-west England: Lancashire (1960),
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England:
   South-east England:
   South-west England:

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Other Names

Thick-billed Murre
Gaelic: Welsh:
Danish: Polarlomvie Dutch: Kortsnavelzeekoet
Finnish: Pohjankiisla French: Guillemot de Brünnich
German: Dickschnabellumme Hungarian: Vastagcsoru lumma
Icelandic: Stuttnefja Irish: Foracha Brünnich
Italian: Uria di Brünnich Norwegian: Polarlomvi
Polish: Nurzyk polarny Portuguese: Arau de Brünnich
Spanish: Arao de Brünnich Swedish: Spetsbergsgrissla

For More Information...

Books and Monographs:
   Gaston, A. 1998 The auks Oxford University Press, Oxford [598.618 GAS]
   Nettleship, D. & Birkhead, T.R. 1985 The atlantic Alcidae Academic Press, London [598.618 NET]
   Tuck, L.M. 1960 The Murres, a study of the genus Uria Canadian Wildlife Service, Ottawa [598.618 TUC]
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