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Guillemot (Uria aalge)
Photo by Psilo,Bolton,UK

Guillemot (Uria aalge)

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This photo was taken at Bempton cliffs, on the east coast, July 2004.

Also known as the common Murre. This is one of the bird worlds wanderers as it only lands in order to nest, spending the rest of its life out at sea. It breeds on narrow horizontal or sloping ledges on sheer cliffs, and on top of offshore rock stacks. Its diet consists of fish and crustaceans. Guillemots are best seen at the nesting colonies, from March to the end of July.
Eggs: 1
Incubation: 28-34 days
Fledging: Leave ledges at 2-3 weeks; fly at 6-7 weeks
Maximum lifespan: 10 years
Length: 38-45cm

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