Black Guillemot

Inuktitut name - Pitsiulaaq

Colour - in summer, black with white wing patches; in winter, mostly white with white wing patches; feet red

Length - 30 to 35 cm

Shape - neck thick

Behaviour - winters at edges of pack ice; breeding occurs in loose colonies on low cliffs and talus slopes; diet consists mainly of small fish

Distribution - very common in Lancaster Sound in summer; breeds in colonies of 5 to 200 pairs (except very far north where there can be up to 10,000 pairs in a colony) on east Ellesmere Island, north and south Baffin Island, Lancaster Sound (including Prince Leopold Island), Hudson Strait, Foxe Basin

Sensitivity - see Sensitivity Information on the Birds - General Information page

 [Black Guillemot thumbnail] Black Guillemot (45 KB)Lancaster Sound Area
Distribution Maps:
Fall Scenario
Spring (Ice Scenario 1)
Spring (Ice Scenario 2)
Spring (Ice Scenario 3)
Summer Scenario
Coronation Gulf Area
Distribution Maps:
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