Black Guillemot

Cepphus grylie

It's striking black and white plumage and bright red feet make it easy to identify in summer.

Unlike most other European auks the black guillemot is typically found in ones and twos, scattered around rocky islets. It is typical of the larger sea lochs of western Scotland, and the northern and western isles, but is also found in Ireland, the Isle of Man and in a handful of spots in England and Wales.

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When to see

The black guillemot's striking black and white plumage and bright red feet make it easy to identify in summer.

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Where to see

Highest numbers of black guillemot can be found on the Shetland and Orkney islands, and down the west coast of Scotland.

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This bird has declined in areas of intensive agriculture, but has responded well to sympathetic woodland and farmland management on a number of traditional estates and where deer numbers have been reduced in areas of the National Forest. Chick survival rates are predominantly affected over the critical first few weeks after hatching, because of deaths caused by wetter early summer periods due to climate change.

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Related species

Guillemot Razorbill

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When to see

The black guillemot's striking black and white plumage and bright red feet make it easy to identify in summer.

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

Highest numbers of black guillemot can be found on the Shetland and Orkney islands, and down the west coast of Scotland.

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Did you know?

This bird has declined in areas of intensive agriculture, but has responded well to sympathetic woodland and farmland management on a number of traditional estates and where deer numbers have been reduced in areas of the National Forest. Chick survival rates are predominantly affected over the critical first few weeks after hatching, because of deaths caused by wetter early summer periods due to climate change.

Dolphin Icon Blue
Related species

Guillemot Razorbill

Binoculars Icon Blue
When to see

The black guillemot's striking black and white plumage and bright red feet make it easy to identify in summer.

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

Highest numbers of black guillemot can be found on the Shetland and Orkney islands, and down the west coast of Scotland.

Book Icon Blue
Did you know?

This bird has declined in areas of intensive agriculture, but has responded well to sympathetic woodland and farmland management on a number of traditional estates and where deer numbers have been reduced in areas of the National Forest. Chick survival rates are predominantly affected over the critical first few weeks after hatching, because of deaths caused by wetter early summer periods due to climate change.

Dolphin Icon Blue
Related species

Guillemot Razorbill