Rissa Genus

The kittiwakes (genus Rissa) are two closely related seabird species - the Black-legged and Red-legged Kittiwakes.

Kittiwakes are coastal breeding birds ranging in the North Pacific, North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. They form large, dense, noisy colonies during the summer reproductive period, often sharing habitat with murres. They are the only gull species that are exclusively cliff-nesting.