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Atlantic Puffin

Fratercula arctica ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: ALCIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A natty black-and-white seabird with a huge, multicolored bill, the Atlantic Puffin looks like a clown of the sea. It breeds in colonies on rocky islands in the North Atlantic and winters at sea.

At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Other Names
  • Macareux moine (French)
  • Frailecillo (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The Atlantic Puffin may live to be more than 30 years old. It does not breed until it is three to six years old.
  • The bright colors of the Atlantic Puffin make it well loved by people. Boat tours to see puffins are popular near their breeding grounds, and it has been selected to be the provincial bird of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The oldest Atlantic Puffin was over 33 years old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during a banding operation in Maine.

Habitat


Ocean

Food


Fish

Nesting

Nest Placement

Burrow

Behavior


Surface Dive

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Heavily exploited for eggs and meat in 1800s and early 1900s. Populations drastically declined, with some colonies eliminated. Currently American population is growing. They are not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. Reintroduction program in Maine run by National Audubon Society was successful in creating new breeding colonies of the species in that state. For more information, visit Project Puffin.

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