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Common Murre
Pingeon Guillemot photo by Tom Grey

Pigeon Guillemot at nest, West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA (Photo courtesy: Tom Grey)

Common name:

Pigeon Guillemot

Latin name:

Cepphus columba

Family:

Alcidae

Length:

12-14"

Wing span:

23"

Weight:

1 lb (500 g)

Habitat:

Nests on sea cliffs

Notes:

All black with white wing patches in summer. Mostly white with dusky back in winter.

Their breeding habitat is rocky shores, cliffs and islands on northern often forming small loose colonies.

After the breeding season, birds in Alaska migrate south to open waters, whereas some Guillemots from California move north to waters off British Columbia.

Links:

 

About Birds: Cornell University Bird Lab

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Source: The Sibley Guide to Birds, Knopf © 2000-2003  

 

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