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Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 2,250,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 18,200,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Increasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 14 - - -
Population justification: The global population is estimated to number > c.22,000,000 individuals (del Hoyo et al. 1996), while the population is Russia has been estimated at c.10,000-1 million breeding pairs (Brazil 2009).
Trend justification: The population trend is increasing in North America (based on BBS/CBC data: Butcher and Niven 2007).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Austria Vagrant Extant        
Belgium Vagrant Extant        
Canada Native Extant       Yes
Denmark Vagrant Extant        
Faroe Islands (to Denmark) Native Extant        
Finland Vagrant Extant        
France Vagrant Extant        
Germany Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Greenland (to Denmark) Native Extant       Yes
Iceland Native Extant       Yes
Ireland Vagrant Extant        
Japan Native Extant        
Latvia Vagrant Extant        
Netherlands Vagrant Extant        
Norway Native Extant Yes      
Poland Vagrant Extant        
Portugal Vagrant Extant        
Romania Vagrant Extant        
Russia (Asian) Native Extant Yes      
Russia (Central Asian) Native Extant        
Russia (European) Native Extant Yes      
Spain Vagrant Extant        
St Pierre and Miquelon (to France) Native Extant   Yes    
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Native Extant Yes      
Sweden Vagrant Extant        
United Kingdom Vagrant Extant        
USA Native Extant Yes      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Canada Akpatok Island site factsheet
Canada Cambridge Point site factsheet
Canada Cape Graham Moore site factsheet
Canada Coats Island/Cape Pembroke site factsheet
Canada Digges Sound site factsheet
Canada Hantzsch Island site factsheet
Canada Prince Leopold Island site factsheet
Canada Reid Bay site factsheet
Canada Southwest Bylot site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Apparsuit (Kap Shackleton) and Kippaku site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Appat Appai site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Carey islands site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Hakluyt island site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Islands and waters south and west of Upernavik town site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Kitsissut Avalliit (Ydre Kitsissut) site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Parker Snow Bay site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Saunders island site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Sermilinnguaq site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Taateraat in Evighedsfjorden site factsheet
Iceland Hælavíkurbjarg site factsheet
Iceland Látrabjarg site factsheet
Russia (Asian) Bogoslova island site factsheet
Russia (Asian) Iony island site factsheet
Russia (Asian) Odyan bay site factsheet
Russia (Asian) Tyuleniy island site factsheet
Russia (Asian) Vasiliya islands site factsheet
Russia (European) Bezymyannaya and Gribovaya Bays and adjoining waters site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Bjørnøya (Bear Island) site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Hopen island site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Jan Mayen island site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) South Spitsbergen National Park site factsheet
USA St George Island Colony site factsheet
USA St Matthew & Hall Islands Colonies site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Marine Coastal/Supratidal Sea Cliffs and Rocky Offshore Islands major breeding
Marine Neritic Macroalgal/Kelp major breeding
Marine Neritic Macroalgal/Kelp major non-breeding
Marine Neritic Pelagic major breeding
Marine Neritic Pelagic major non-breeding
Marine Neritic Seagrass (Submerged) major breeding
Marine Neritic Seagrass (Submerged) major non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Loose Rock/pebble/gravel major breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Loose Rock/pebble/gravel major non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs major breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs major non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Sandy major breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Sandy major non-breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Sandy-Mud major breeding
Marine Neritic Subtidal Sandy-Mud major non-breeding
Marine Oceanic Epipelagic (0-200m) suitable breeding
Marine Oceanic Epipelagic (0-200m) suitable non-breeding
Marine Oceanic Mesopelagic (200-1000m) suitable breeding
Marine Oceanic Mesopelagic (200-1000m) suitable non-breeding
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact

Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Climate change & severe weather Habitat shifting & alteration Timing Scope Severity Impact
Future Whole (>90%) Unknown Unknown
Stresses
Indirect ecosystem effects, Ecosystem degradation
Climate change & severe weather Temperature extremes Timing Scope Severity Impact
Ongoing Unknown Unknown Unknown
Stresses
Reduced reproductive success, Species mortality

Utilisation

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Food (human) Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Food (human) Whole Eggs Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Uria lomvia. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Alcidae (Auks)
Species name author (Linnaeus, 1758)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Increasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 2,250,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species