French: Guillemot colombin German: Taubenteiste Spanish: Arao colombino
Kamchatka and Bering Strait
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. snowi
Stejneger, 1897 – Snow's Guillemot – Kuril Is (Paramushir to Iturup).
C. c. columba
Pallas, 1811 – Pigeon Guillemot – Kamchatka N to Bering Strait and W Alaska.
C. c. kaiurka
Portenko, 1937 – Commander Is to WC Aleutian Is.
C. c. adiantus
Storer, 1950 – C Aleutian Is S to Washington.
C. c. eureka
Storer, 1950 – Oregon and California.
30–37 cm; 450–550 g; wingspan 58 cm. Bill long, straight and pointed, black with bright red mouth-lining; dark blackish brown plumage, with dark brown wedge in... read more
Quite vocal during breeding period. Commonly heard is a high-pitched, overslurred, drawn-out reedy... read more
In summer along rocky coastlines, breeding on sea cliffs and slopes close to regions of shallow... read more
Food and feeding
Wide variety of small benthic fish and invertebrates (shrimp, crabs, sometimes polychaetes, gastropods, bivalve molluscs) throughout year;... read more
Normally arrives early Mar in California, Apr in British Columbia, 40–50 days before first eggs; peak laying mid May to mid Jun in... read more
Spring and autumn migrations poorly known, as are details of winter range. Generally winters at sea... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population size estimated at c. 235,000 birds (1993), with largest numbers on Farallon Is (California) and Chukotskiy Peninsula.... read more
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