The Gulf of St. Lawrence ecosystem reproduced at the Montreal Biodôme enables visitors to discover a wide range of species inhabiting this region.
Common tern, nature’s flirts
In June, these “sea swallows” congregate to breed in the Gulf, more specifically, the Mingan area.
During courtship, the male flies in front of the female carrying a fish in its beak.
To fish, it plunge-dives from great heights and makes a spectacular entry into the River’s waters.
Bird Fest is a wonderful opportunity to discover bird species from the St. Lawrence and elsewhere.
With the help of Montreal Biodôme nature interpreters, an identification guide and a pair of binoculars, see if you can rise to the challenge: find and identify as many species as possible in the Biodôme’s five ecosystems!
Black guillemot or tystie
This member of the penguin family forages close to shore. It’s found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence as far as the Northern Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean!
Its bright red feet and red inner beak make it easy to recognize.
In the spring, the black guillemot sports black mating plumage with a big white wing patch. After the breeding season, it moults into an eclipse plumage, with a paler head, neck and underside.