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The Black Guillemot or Tystie is a medium-sized alcid.Adult birds have black bodies with a white wing patch, a thin dark bill, and red legs and feet. They show white wing linings in flight.In winter, the upperparts are pale grey and the underparts are white.The wings remain black with the large white patch on the inner wing. They are 32–38 cm in length, and with a 49–58 cm wingspan.
These birds often overwinter in their breeding areas, moving to open waters if necessary, but usually not migrating very far south.They dive for food from the surface, swimming underwater.They mainly eat fish and crustaceans, also some mollusks, insects and plant material.The call in the breeding season is a high whistle. The red gape is also prominent then.They usually lay their eggs in rocky sites near water.for more pics...