Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Charadriiformes > Family: Alcidae > Genus: Cepphus > Species: Cepphus grylle > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Cepphus grylle grylle (Linnaeus, 1758)
Cepphus grylle arcticus (C. L. Brehm, 1824)

Black Guillemot - Cepphus grylle (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU Population status
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 2 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 33 are designated for this species
Breeding habitats
  • sparsely vegetated land
Wintering habitats
  • coastal
  • shelf
Natura 2000 species code A202


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Threat and EU population status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

EU population status

The status of the population at the EU level was evaluated at the species level; this was based on the reports delivered by Member States under Article 12 of the Birds Directive (see fact sheet below). The EU status assessment can cover several subspecies/subspecific population units. For more information, please consult the species fact sheet and link below.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered
Population status categories for bird species under the Birds Directive
Near Threatened, declining or depleted
Threatened (i.e. vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, regionally extinct)
Unknown or not evaluated

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
DK00FX011 Denmark Hirsholmene Map
EE0040434 Estonia Kura kurgu Map
EE0040476 Estonia Tagamõisa Map
EE0060270 Estonia Vaindloo Map
FI0800130 Finland Merenkurkun saaristo Map
FI0800132 Finland Luodon saaristo Map
FI0800133 Finland Uudenkaarlepyyn saaristo Map
FI0800134 Finland Kristiinankaupungin saaristo Map
FI1104600 Finland Raahen saaristo Map
FI1300302 Finland Perämeren saaret Map
IE0000204 Ireland Lambay Island SAC Map
IE0000495 Ireland Duvillaun Islands SAC Map
PLB990002 Poland Przybrzeżne wody Bałtyku Map
PLB990003 Poland Zatoka Pomorska Map
SE0230328 Sweden Missjö Map
SE0340144 Sweden Hoburgs bank Map
SE0520001 Sweden Vrångöskärgården Map
SE0520036 Sweden Sälöfjorden Map
SE0810002 Sweden Bonden Map
SE0810010 Sweden Holmöarna Map
SE0820035 Sweden Rödkallen-SörÄspen Map
PLH990002 Poland Ostoja na Zatoce Pomorskiej Map
FI0100105 Finland Kirkkonummen saaristo (SPA) Map
EE0010129 Estonia Pakri Map
DE1652301 Germany Pommersche Bucht mit Oderbank Map
PLC990001 Poland Ławica Słupska Map
DE1552401 Germany SPA Pommersche Bucht Map
DE1251301 Germany Adlergrund Map
SE0330273 Sweden Norra Midsjöbanken Map
LV0900200 Latvia Akmensrags Map
LV0900300 Latvia Irbes saurums Map
SE0420360 Sweden Nordvästra Skånes havsområde Map
SE0330308 Sweden Hoburgs bank och Midsjöbankarna Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Alkoun obecný Czech Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Arao Aliblanco Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Arau-d'asa-branca Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Black Guillemot English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Fekete lumma Hungarian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Gryllteiste German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Guillemot à miroir French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Nurnik Polish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Riskilä Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Teist Norwegian Direktoratet for Naturforvaltning
Tobisgrissla Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Uria nera Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Zwarte Zeekoet Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
No synonyms available.

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EBCC Atlas of breeding birds European Bird Census Council's Atlas of Breeding Birds
EURing code:06380 European bird-ringing
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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