How to identify

The Razorbill is a medium-sized seabird. It's black on top and white below, with a thick black beak that's deep and blunt, unlike the thinner bill of the similar Guillemot. It breeds around the coast of the UK, with the largest groups in northern Scotland. There are no breeding birds between the Humber and the Isle of Wight. Birds only come to shore to breed and winter in the northern Atlantic. The future of this species depends on the health of our oceans. Fishing nets, pollution and falling fish numbers all threaten the Razorbill.



Tero Linjama / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
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