This species is often confused with the Common Guillemot, however one of the distinguishing features between these two species is the bill. The bill of the Razorbill is broader and generally contains a white stripe.


A northern Atlantic species, the razorbill is commonly found within coastal environments due to it’s diet.


Feeding on pelagic fish species such as sand eels, herring and sprat.

Predators & Threats

As a marine bird oil spillages are known to cause functional defects within plumage. Organochloride pesticides and overfishing are two other problems. Predators include polar bears, peregrine falcons, ravens and jackdaws.


  • Razorbills spend most of the year out at sea.
  • Females choose their mates, and usually encourage competition between males.



Common Name(s)Scientific Name
RazorbillAlca torda
 40 cm
 13 years

Best Time to Look

March – October

Where to find Razorbill