The Guillemot is penguin-like in appearance; slim, pointed bill, dark brown head and upperparts, white underparts.


Food and Feeding

Guillemots eat fish (mainly sprats), but also crustaceans, worms and molluscs.

Guillemots fish in the open sea, usually alone or in small groups, during autumn and winter. They look rather duck-like when swimming and they dive below the surface by kicking their feet and partially spreading their wings. Underwater the wings are used for propulsion and the feet used for steering. Fish such as sand eels and sprats make up the major part of their diet. Shrimps, prawns, crabs, molluscs and worms are also eaten, when closer inshore.

Read More: Threats to the Guillemot

Related Resources

Please donate £1 to help YPTE to continue its work of inspiring young people to look after our world.

Donate £1 X