Atlantic Puffin – Fratercula arctica

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Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

Closeup of an Atlantic puffin. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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What does an Atlantic puffin look like?

The Atlantic puffin is a small sea bird that looks like a clown due to their multicolored bills and white cheeks. Atlantic puffins are stocky black and white birds with large heads and orange legs. Puffins belong to the Alcidae (Auk) family of seabirds. The Atlantic puffin is the smallest of the four species of puffin.

Where do Atlantic puffins live?

These birds spend most of their time at sea in the North Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic Puffins can be found across the North Atlantic from Canada to Norway and south to Spain. The only time they come on shore is to breed and raise a chick. There, they will nest in burrows on rocky islands with short vegetation and on sea cliffs.

What do puffins eat?

Puffins like to eat fish. They dive to catch fish and they swim underwater using their wings.

Why are puffins threatened?

When early pioneers came to New England they hunted puffins for food. Later, puffin feathers became decorations for women’s hats. However, beginning in 1973 people worked to re-introduce puffins along the Maine coast.

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Atlantic Puffin

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