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Birds by name
Conservation status: Amber
Its 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.
Highest numbers are on the Shetland and Orkney islands, and down the west coast of Scotland. Small numbers can also be found on the Cumbrian coast at St Bees Head, along the N Ireland coast, and on the Isle of Man.
All year round.
Fish and crustaceans.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
Hugh Harrop, Xeno-canto