Cepphus is a genus of seabirds in the auk family.


These medium-sized guillemots have white wing patches, the third has white facial “spectacles”. They have thin dark bills and red legs and feet.

Breeding plumage:

Mostly black plumage

Winter plumage:

Much paler, mottled above and white below.

Distribution / Range

The occur on rocky shores and islands on the coasts of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

They typically lay their eggs in rocky sites near water.

Pigeon Guillemot

Diet / Feeding

They mainly feed on fish and crustaceans, also some mollusks, insects and plant material.

They dive for food from the surface or swim underwater.

The species are:

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