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Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba)
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Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba)

General Description: Pigeon Guillemots (Cepphus columba) are plump seabirds that are the northern hemisphere counterpart to penguins. During summer, Pigeon Guillemots are all black with a white wing patch and red feet. In winter, they get dusky white on the head and neck. In all plumages, note the black wedge in the white wing patch.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Alcidae.

Favored Habitat: Pigeon Guillemots are a species of the open Pacific Ocean and Pacific coastal areas.

Where to Find: Don't look for Pigeon Guillemots around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them along the coast of Oregon north to Alaska.

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba)

Comments: These little birds are interesting in that they live on the open ocean, but return to land and nest.

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) If you were a tasty fish or a little squid, this might be the last face you ever see!
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba)
Pigeon Guillemot with fish
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba)
Pigeon Guillemot in flight; note the white wing patch
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Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba)
Note red mouth linings
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba)
Note red mouth linings
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Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba)
Pigeon Guillemots at a nest cave
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba)
Pigeon Guillemot in nest hole cave
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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