Search the entire site
Back to the home page Log in for full access to the site View diary entries Bird A to Z Search the site  

(Common) Guillemot
Uria aalge
Size: 38-46cm
UK Status: very common resident and migrant breader

Click for a larger image

Photo ©

Photographer's Website

Commonest auk found around the UK coast. Dark Brown head and back, white front (breast down to feet). Some Guillemots have thin white eye ring and line behind eye, known as 'bridled' variety. During winter face whitens. Stands upright when on land. Often confused with Razorbill. best distinguished at closer range by bill shape (straight and pointed). In flight feet project behind body, whereas Razorbill tuck feet under tail, also less white visible on sides between wings and tail than Razorbill, which has narrower rump. Breeds around the coast of Britain and North Europe on unaccessible cliffs, winters at sea.

Sighting Search  TRY ME 
Find out where a particular bird was last spotted.

Discussion Board
Discuss birding issues with other users of the site.

Contact Us
Send us your comments and suggestions.

View All Entries
See a list of all diary entries to date.

Home | Diary | Sighting Search | Bird A-Z | Contact BirdDiary
Send us your questions and suggestions
© 2018