Closely related to Pigeon Guillemot.
Five subspecies recognized:
C. g. grylle
C. g. mandtii
C. g. arcticus
C. g. islandicus
C. g. faeroeensis
In Nova Scotia, known as sea pigeon, in
Scotland generally known as Tystie.
Similar to Pigeon Guillemot but slightly darker and with white rather
than gray underwing coverts. The white oval patch on the upper wing coverts
is not transected by a dark line as in most Pigeon Guillemots. Body feathers
are white in non-breeding and immature plumages.
Where and When
Restrcited to the North Atlantic and Arctic Basin, ranging from New
England northward throughout the Canadian Archipelago and sparsely to the
northern Alaskan coast and Bering Sea (St Lawrence Is). In the North Atlantic,
breeds along the southern coasts of Greenland as well as Iceland, the British
Isles, Norway, Sweden, Spitsbergen, and oon many islands along the northern
coast of Russia. Has been observed as far north as 89°.
Wheeler, J. (1997) First sighting of a guillemot
(Cepphus sp.) in Maryland since Audubon. Maryland Birdlife 53: 3-4.
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