Facts about the Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)

This bird is also known locally as the "sea pigeon".

The most discernible features on this bird are its bright red legs and mouth-lining which is seen when calling. Also, large white oval wingpatch against black bird makes it easy to spot. The Pigeon Guillemot looks very similar, however that bird is found only on the west coast of North America.

The Guillemot calls out frequently when it is near its breeding area, making extremely high-pitched, thin or piping whistles.

This bird flies quickly, close to the water, with powerful wingbeats.


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