Spectacled Guillemot

black guillemots

Cepphus is a genus of seabirds in the auk family.



These medium-sized guillemots have white wing patches, the third has white facial “spectacles”. They have thin dark bills and red legs and feet.

Breeding plumage:

Mostly black plumage

Winter plumage:

Much paler, mottled above and white below.


Distribution / Range

The occur on rocky shores and islands on the coasts of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

They typically lay their eggs in rocky sites near water.


Pigeon GuillemotDiet / Feeding

They mainly feed on fish and crustaceans, also some mollusks, insects and plant material.

They dive for food from the surface or swim underwater.


The species are:


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