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.
Black guillemot - breeding plumage
Black guillemot - non-breeding plumage
Where to see them
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.
When to see them
All year round.
What they eat
Fish and crustaceans.
|Europe||UK breeding*||UK wintering*||UK passage*|
|130-300,000 pairs||19,000 pairs||58-80,000 birds (incl. Ireland)||-|