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.
Mostly black 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.
Diet / 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:
- Black Guillemot or Tystie, Cepphus grylle
- Pigeon Guillemot, Cepphus columba
- Spectacled Guillemot, Cepphus carbo
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