The largest remaining member of the auk family
Our Expert Says… "A wonderful adaptation, the single egg of the thick-billed murre is slightly pyramidal in shape. This stops it from rolling off the very narrow ledges they use for nesting. Once the chicks can get to the water, the male then takes over looking after the swimming but not yet fledged chick while the exhausted females head out to sea to fatten up again."
The thick-billed murre (which is also known as Brunnich’s guillemot) is a seabird in the auk family. They are now the largest member of the auk family after the great auk became extinct in the mid-1800s. They grow up to 50cm (20”) long with an 81cm (32”) wingspan and weigh up to 1.5kg (52oz).
Pictures of Thick-billed Murre
Our trips to spot the Thick-billed Murre